poems sent from dickinson to bowles

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 33

MANUSCRIPTS: There are two, both written about 1858. That reproduced above (Bingham), in pencil and signed "Emilie.," was sent to Samuel Bowles. It is a variant of the copy in packet 82 (Bingham 15e) in three lines:

1. Oh if remembering were forgetting -
7. How very blithe the maiden
8. Who gathered these today!

Lines 2 and 4 end with exclamation points; dashes, not commas, are in lines 1, 3, and 5; line 6 is without internal punctuation.

PUBLICATION: Letters (ed. 1894), 216; (ed. 1931), 188; also LL (1924), 255. It follows the Bowles copy. It is also in Poems (1896), 39, titled "With Flowers." In Poems "this" (line 8) is rendered "these." In both printings line 6 is altered to read "And if to mourn were gay."

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