MANUSCRIPT: About April 1884 (Bingham 102-9). It is a worksheet draft jotted down on a small scrap of notepaper. An alternative last line has been written and crossed out: "That bends a Knee to thee." This poem is of interest since it seems to have been written for a special occasion. Though the holograph worksheet is all that remains, a fair copy now lost was incorporated into a letter written to the sculptor Daniel Chester French at the time of the unveiling of his statue of John Harvard in front of University Hall in Cambridge. A transcript of the letter, supplied by his daughter, Mrs. William Penn Cresson, reads:
Dear Mr. French: -The worksheet draft may quite possibly have been the first sketch of the lines especially intended for the letter to French, whom ED had known as a boy in Amherst when his father the Hon. Henry Flagg French served briefly as the first president of the Massachusetts Agricultural College from 1864 to 1866. On the same sheet is hte poem beginning "Arrows enamored of his Heart." On the verso ED had begun a letter:
Sunday - Second of March
March second fell on Sunday in 1884.
PUBLICATION: The letter but not the poem is published in an altered form in FF (1932), 58 and 239. The poem, derived from the worksheet draft, is in BM (1945), 286. It rejects the suggested change, as does the fair copy sent in the letter to French.