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May 08, 2012

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Samuelhenderson

As the person responsible for circulating that poem, there's something I should mention. I've recently come across something that puts Miss Gregory's authorship in question: the poem appears verbatim in Frances Wood's hand, in her memory book from 1838-1842, i.e. approximately a decade earlier, alongside various other poems from what seems to have been a fairly torrid friendship with one "blue-eyed Mary."

So it seems that Miss Gregory copied Miss Wood's teenage poem into Miss Wood's own memory book... an act undoubtedly fraught with symbolism, though *exactly* what it signified to the two of them I don't expect we'll ever know.

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