1] Lucas (323) gives the following note:
In its 1798 form the poem began with this stanza: --Of course it was Mary Lamb who, when insane, killed their mother in 1796.Where are they gone, the old familiar faces?And the last stanza began with the word "For," and italicised the words
I had a mother, but she died, and left me,
Died prematurely in a day of horrors --
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.And some are taken from me.I am inclined to think from this italicisation that it was Mary Lamb's new seizure that was the real impulse of the poem.
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Original text: Charles and Mary Lamb, Poems and Plays (London: Methuen, 1912): 25-26. PR 4860 A2 1912 Trinity College Library. From The Works of Charles Lamb (London: Ollier, 1818), 2 vols. B-10 7222 Fisher Rare Book Library.
First publication date: January 1798
Publication date note: Charles Lloyd and Charles Lamb, Blank Verse
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 4:2002/2/17
Rhyme: tercets, rhyming abc dec fgc hic ...
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