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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
WMR's edition of his sister's New Poems (1896).
December 1847. The manuscript title is “An
Argument”. (The MS is in the Bodleian Library.)
First printed in The
Germ 3, pages 111-117.
The influence of Tennyson's “Mariana” is evident in the general conception of the
tale. New Testament allusions are laid in discreetly; their presence
turns the poem from a secular tale to a religious allegory.