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As with all of CR's poems published in The Germ, this short piece
appeared pseudonymously as
the work of “Ellen Alleyn”. It was first reprinted in
Market and Other Poems (1862).
First printed in The
Germ 2, pages 73-75.
The poem scatters biblical references throughout. It is
of course a recapitulation of Ecclesiastes.