MANUSCRIPTS: The copy reproduced above (BPL Higg 59) is incorporated in a letter written to T. W. Higginson; it is enclosed in an envelope postmarked 17 March 1866. A second fair copy (H 250), written about the same time, is addressed "Sue" and signed "Emily." It perhaps accompanied a gift of apples. The copies are identical in text:
Except the smaller sizeThe semifinal draft from which the fair copies derive is in packet 84 (Bingham 27d) and was written some years earlier, about 1862:
Except the smaller size-7. of] in
9. Hugest] The Huge
12. ye] you
14. Noon] Sun-
The text of the first eight lines is identical with that of the two fair copies. It should be noted that all suggested changes are confined to the two final stanzas, the ones that ED discarded in the two fair copies.
PUBLICATION: The letter to Higginson was first published in Atlantic Monthly, LXVIII (October 1891), 451, in an article whicn Higginson wrote dealing with the letters and poems he had received from ED. It was collected in Letters (ed. 1894), 312; (ed. I931), 282; also LL (1924), 268-269. The copy to Sue furnished the text in SH (1914), 5, where the lines are arranged as a single quatrian. The packet copy is reproduced in New England Quarterly, XX (1947), 16; the suggested changes are rejected.