poems from dickinson to kate anthon

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 221

MANUSCRIPT: About 1861, in packet 8 (H 36d). Kate Scott Anthon, who visited Sue in late October 1861, made a transcript of a copy that ED sent her (H B 126). Identical in text it reads thus:

Emily sent over this poem, with
three clover heads & some bright autumn leaves


It can't be "summer"
     That got through -
Its early yet for "Spring"
Then there's that town of white to cross
     Before the Blackbirds sing.
It can't be "dying"
Its too rouge
The Dead shall go in white
So Sunset shuts my question down
With cuffs of Chrysolite --

PUBLICATION: Poems (1891), 169. The text follows the packet copy, though arranged as two quatrains. One word is altered:

10. Cuffs] clasps

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