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On the Death of an Infant Relative single work   poetry   "And art thou gone? so early gone?"
Is part of Poems by Charles Harpur Charles Harpur , 1846 series - author poetry (number 20 in series)
  • Author:agent Charles Harpur
Issue Details: First known date: 1835... 1835 On the Death of an Infant Relative
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'On common theme of childhood death as a release from future sorrow and temptation.' (Webby)


  • Number XX in the series Poems by Charles Harpur.
  • This poem appears in a number of versions from 1835 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).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Verses Occasioned by the Death of a Child of the Meazles
23 lines. (Five lines only in third stanza; other stanzas have six lines each.)
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Australian 12 May 1835 Z1785039 1835 newspaper issue 1835 pg. 4
First line of verse: "And art thou gone? so early gone!"
  • 24 lines. (Four stanzas, each comprising six lines.)
  • The third stanza includes variations from the 1835 Australian version.
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Literary News vol. 1 no. 26 3 February 1838 Z1848902 1838 periodical issue 1838 pg. 248
    Note: Written as: Stebii.
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