Date of composition. The quatrain was entered in WBY's Journal on 23 Jan. 1909, almost certainly the day of its composition. Although the entry which follows it in the Journal is dated by WBY ‘Jan. 24’, two entries later item 20 begins with ‘Last night I met Birrell’: WBY dined with Augustine Birrell, Chief Secretary of State for Ireland, in Dublin on Saturday night, 23 Jan.