1] [First published in the edition of 1862, p. 86. Whether the `picture by Mr. Romney,' which purports to have suggested these verses, is duly chronicled in Mr. Humphry Ward's monumental Catalogue of that painter's works, we cannot pretend to say; but, judging from the frequent appearance of the poem in different anthologies, it must be one of the author's most popular efforts. It is therefore worth noting that, apparently, it was never printed in a magazine. `I could get no one to accept "My Grandmother,"' writes the author in a letter quoted in Once a Week for September 7, 1872. `What used particularly to discourage me was,' -- he adds characteristically, -- `having my verses returned as not suitable, and then to see in the very next number of the magazine a poem that gave me the impression that it was the work of some relative of the editor --perhaps his grandmamma.' The stanza of `My Grandmother' is that of Holmes's `Last Leaf' -- a poem which Locker greatly admired. Holmes, in his turn, had taken the stanza from Longfellow.] (Note by Austin Dobson, p. 169)
The epigraph is from Locker Lampson's own poem, "Susannah. I. The Elder Trees," lines 3-4.
15] Falbala: flounce, trimming for a woman's petticoat.
29] canon: law of the church.
44] bombazine: a twilled or corded dress material often made of a combination of cotton, silk, and worsted.
56] fardel: burden.
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Original text: Frederick Locker Lampson, London Lyrics, with introduction and notes by Austin Dobson (London: Macmillan, 1904): 2-5. PR 4891 L2 A17 1904 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1862
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/18
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