poems from dickinson to eudocia converse flynt

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 334

MANUSCRIPTS: There are two, both written in 1862. The copy reproduced above is in packet 14 (H 73d). A variant is incorporated in a letter (Yale) to ED's cousin Eudocia (Converse) Flynt, of Monson. The letter, which enclosed a flower, reached Mrs. Flynt according to her diary on 21 July 1862:

All the letters I could write,
Were not fair as this -
Syllables of Velvet -
Sentences of Plush -
Depths of Ruby, undrained -
Hid, Lip, for Thee,
Play it were a Humming Bird
And sipped just Me -

PUBLICATION: FP (1929), 80. The text follows that of the packet copy.

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