[September 22nd 2019]
Handwritten by Kipling in Notebook 1, dated 10 August 1882, with a later note "being verses for a picture". See Rutherford pp. 24-28 for details of the Notebooks.
The poem was never collected by Kipling, but is to be found in Rutherford p. 166, and Pinney p. 1674.
A lover wishes to confess my wickedness and my lies so that the beloved will know the truth before death comes.
Kipling’s note “Verses for a Picture” is a warning not to assume that his poems are reflections of his private life. He expressed this forcefully five years later in the introduction to "La Nuit Blanche" (Departmental Ditties):
A much-discerning Public hold
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