1] Arthur Edmonds: a co-worker with Gray in the Confidential Enquiry Branch, British civil service in 1883-84.
3] burst: possibly recalling the yellow “flowers” of smallpox. Daisies were once used to treat smallpox.
10] metal Burns: presumably a bronze statue of the poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796). One by John Steele (1884) stands in the Victoria Embankment Gardens in London.
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Original text: The Poems of John Gray, ed. Ian Fletcher
(Greenboro, N.C.: ELT Press, 1988): 30.
PR 6013 R367A17 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1893
Publication date note: Silverpoints (London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/5/19
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