Reed (1966) suggests that this poem was probably written in 1863. Reed's sources were two MS copies of the poem, one of which was written on the fly-leaf of the copy of Poems and Songs which Kendall gave to artist Conrad Wagner.
Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of
yThe Poetical Works of Henry KendallHenry Kendall,
Thomas Thornton Reed
Adelaide:Libraries Board of South Australia,1966Z5714731966selected work poetry This critical edition includes 90 previously uncollected poems and collates manuscripts of the poems and their appearances in periodicals and newspapers during the poet's life-time. There are copious biographical and critical notes, indexes and a bibliography.Adelaide:Libraries Board of South Australia,1966