Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)|
I HAVE been here before,
You have been mine before,
Has this been thus before?
Sudden Light was written in 1853 or 1854 (according to Rees), and first published in 1863 in Poems: An Offering to Lancashire. It appeared with two distinctly different final stanzas, both of which can be found in the Doughty's edition (referenced below). The above version is the later one, as it appeared in the 1881 Poems. A New Edition.
The older final stanza, as found in the 1870 edition of Poems, is:
Then, now,perchance again! . . . .
In the 1870 text, Sudden Light appeared as Song IV (in addition to the title) along with fifty sonnets and ten other 'Songs' in a section titled: Sonnets and Songs towards a work to be called 'The House of Life'. The final version of The House of Life consisted of 101 sonnets (without the songs, but with an introduction) in two sections. It was also published in 1881, in a volume titled Ballads and Sonnets.