Placement in MS VIII and Works (1903)—In the Library Edition, the editors printed this prose fragment in a note hung from the closing line of the poem, “St. Goar”, declaring that “the rough draft of the ‘Tour’ (viii [i.e., MS VIII]) contains at this point the following prose passage“ (Ruskin, Works, 2:360 n. 1); however, this assertion is simply an error, since in MS VIII the prose passage appears on 62r, following a different poem (on 61v), “Oh the morn looked bright on hill and dale” [“The Black Forest”]. (In fact, the draft of the poem, “St. Goar”, is not contained in MS VIII at all, but in MS IA, g.2.)
As confirmed by evidence internal to this prose piece, its contiguity to “Oh the morn looked bright on hill and dale” [“The Black Forest”] is owing to Ruskin carrying on with the associated prose to build a composite‐genre section. This composite probably corresponds to the title, “The swiss cottages”, listed in the Plan for Continuation of the “Account”, between a section, “Strasburg”, and a cluster of sections relating the first sighting of the Alps from Schaffhausen: “Schaffhausen”, “The Alps”, and “The Fall of the Rhine”. See, in the apparatus for the “Account”, The Influence of Rogersʼs Poetry on Ruskinʼs Planned Extension of the Composite‐Genre Travelogue to Italy and Switzerland; and see also the contextual glosses for “Passing the Alps”.