1] Swinburne writes Edward Byrne Jones on April 4, 1883: "I have got a tiny new book of songs or songlets, in one form and all manner of metres -- from 4-syllable to 18-syllable lines -- just coming out, of which Miss Rossetti has accepted the dedication. I hope you and Georgie will find something to like among a hundred poems of nine lines each, twenty-four of which are about babies or small children" (The Complete Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne, ed. Sir Edmund Gosse and Thomas James Wise [London: William Heinemann, 1926]: V, 13). Swinburne wrote A. H. Japp on June 22 of that year that he started "by writing on the spur of a moment those roundels on the death of a friend's infant child" (V, 27).
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Original text: Swinburne's Collected Poetical Works, 2 vols. (London: William Heinemann, 1924): II, 575.
First publication date: 1883
Publication date note: Algernon Charles Swinburne, A Century of Roundels (London: Chatto and Windus, June 4, 1883): 63. end S956 C45 1883 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.638.
Recent editing: 2:2002/5/2
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