An End

Christina Rossetti composed "An End" on March 5, 1849. It was first printed in The Germ under the name "Ellen Alleyn," a pseudonym created by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. William Michael Rossetti wrote in his preface to the 1901 reprint of The Germ that his sister "did not care to figure under her own name." Editions in which the poem appears:

Nightingale Valley, A Collection of Choice Lyrics and Short Poems. William Allingham [Giraldis], Ed. London: Bell and Daldy, 1859.

Goblin Market and Other Poems. London: Macmillan, 1862. Second edition, 1865.

Poems. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1866. Second edition 1876.

Goblin Market, The Prince’s Progress, and Other Poems. London: Macmillan, 1875.

The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, with Memoir and Notes by William Michael Rossetti. London: Macmillan, 1904.