Rosamund Marriott Watson (1860-1911) wrote under the pseudonym of ñGraham R. Tomsonî and in that name the manuscript is signed at the end. Among her many admirers was Thomas Hardy, on whom she made a lasting impression from a brief period of acquaintance. As Tomson, her poetry appeared in many periodicals including, importantly, The Yellow Book. Often labelled as a fin de siecle’ poet, her work has latterly begun to be reappraised as that of pioneer modernist and there is further research to be done regarding her relations with Thomas Hardy in this respect. This poem, which looks like an original draft for publication, was first published in ñA London Garland: Selected from Five Hundred Centuries of English Verseî edited by William Ernest Henley and published by Macmillan in 1895.