This poem initially appeared in the Sydney Mail in August 1880 with the first line: 'I am writing this song at a close'. This was subsequently altered to: 'I am writing this song at the close'.
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ySongs from the MountainsHenry Kendall,
SydneyLondon:William MaddockSampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington,1880Z2411941880selected work poetry SydneyLondon:William MaddockSampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington,1880
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