He had started the poem two days earlier at the suggestion of Mrs. Isabella Jones, intending it to be of similar length to ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’, but on Wednesday 17 February 1819 he left it in mid-line:
At length her constant eye had come
Upon the fervent martyrdom,
Then lastly to his holy shrine,
Exalt amid the tapers’ shine
At Venice . . .
Did he abandon it because he’d learned that his publisher John Taylor was wooing Mrs Jones?