This poem initially appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald in January 1862 with the author's name indicated as Basil E. Kendall. It was subsequently published in the Clarence and Richmond Examiner in August 1862, with the author's name indicated as Henry Kendall. This later version omitted one verse from the earlier Sydney Morning Herald version - hence the speculation by Reed (1966) that apart from the omitted verse, the poem was the work of Henry Kendall.
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