poems sent from dickinson to bowles

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 833

MANUSCRIPTS: There are two, both written about 1864. That reproduced above is in packet 87 (Bingham 41f). The other copy (Bingham), in pencil and written at the same time, was sent to Samuel Bowles:

Perhaps you think me stooping!
I'm not ashamed - of that!
Christ - stooped - until he touched the Grave!
Do those at Sacrament -
Commemorate dishonor -
Or love - annealed of love -
Until it bend - as low as Death
Re-royalized - above?

It is variant in line 8.

PUBLICATION: The text of the copy to Bowles is in Letters (ed. 1894), 211; (ed. 1931), 200; also LL (1924), 245. The italics are not reproduced. In the 1931 edition "Redignified" (line 8) is offered as an alternative reading for "Re-royalized." Both copies of the poem were then in Mrs. Todd's possession.

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