1] Written in the autumn of 1861, a few months after Mrs. Browning's death. First published in the Atlantic Monthly of June 1864; also in Men and Women, 1864.
Prospice: the Latin imperative of prospicio -- look forward, look ahead.
7] The Arch Fear: Death.
15] bandaged: a reference to the practice of bandaging the eyes of those who are to be executed by shooting.
19] arrears: Browning implies that he has had less of "pain, darkness, and cold" than most people have.
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Original text: Robert Browning, Dramatis Personae (London: Chapman and Hall, 1864). PR 4209 A1 1864 ROBA.
First publication date: 1864
RPO poem editor: F. E. L. Priestley
RP edition: 3RP 3.192.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/13
Rhyme: ababcdcd ...
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