Draft in pencil in Ivor Gurney's hand. Here titled 'Spring. 1917. Rouen.' The poem was included in a letter to Marion Scott on 24 May 1917 and published in Severn and Somme (1917) as 'Spring. Rouen, May 1917'. From a red notebook inscribed 'Pte Gurney / 2/5 Gloucesters', used by Gurney, principally at Rouen, during May-June 1917 and containing various notes and drafts of poems. The book contains extensive drafts of this poem.