The poem first appeared in The Heart of the Rose with no title.
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yThe Heart of the Rosevol.1no.3June1908Z11565831908periodical issue The issue has a frontispiece from Blake's 'Illustrations to the Book of Job' and an article on Swinburne by A. T. Strong.The Shadow on the Hill1908
This work comprises three major sections: 'Towards the Source', 1894-1897; 'The Forest of the Night', 1898-1902; 'The Wanderer', 1902, and two concluding segments, 'Pauca Mea' and 'Epilogues' (Oxford Companion to Australian Literature ).
Brennan's own descriptionof the work was ' a sublimation of a whole imaginitive life and experience into a subtly ordered series of poems, where each piece has, of course, its individual value, and yet cannot be interpreted save in its relation to the whole' (The Prose of Chritopher Brennan, ed. A. R. Chisolm.)