This poem appears in a number of versions from 1857 onwards. For further details, see The Poems of Charles Harpur in Manuscript in the Mitchell Library and in Publication in the Nineteenth Century: An Analytical Finding List by Elizabeth Holt and Elizabeth Perkins (Canberra: Australian Scholarly Editions Centre, 2002).
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Author's note: * They were so far unappreciated by the public of his own days, as to drop all but still-born from the press ; and this result helped no doubt to fasten more deeplywithin him the strange malady whereof he died. At all events, it led him, in the bitterness of his spirit, to cancel all the copies of his book that remaind unsold, and even to buy back others for the purpose of destroying them.
Erratum published in the Empire (3 July 1857): 5: 'In some lines of mine on the poet Collins, published in the Empire of the 8th intant, for "sunlight" read surlight - that is, over or extraordinary light, the light of supreme genius. The prefix here is perfectly allowable, though perhaps never so used before, except by myself in the Tower of the Dream.' C. H.
A further 'Note' by Harpur on William Collins is separately indexed.
Number eight in the sequence Poetical Studies or Rhymed Criticisms.
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Sydney:Angus and Robertson,1984Z4595551984selected work poetry satire 'This collection represents one version of almost every poem written by Charles Harpur, with the omission of some translations and paraphrases. The verse drama, "Stalwart the Bushranger", and the fragments of the dramatic poem "King Saul" are not included. ... The collection is edited from Harpur's manuscript poems held in the Mitchell Library, Sydney, and from printed copies in colonial newspapers when no manuscript version existed.' (Preface)Sydney:Angus and Robertson,1984