MANUSCRIPT: There are four autograph copies of this poem, all written in late 1873 or early 1874. The copy reproduced above (Bingham 99-2) concludes with the notation: "December 5th." What event or circumstance ED associates with the date is not known. In a copy to Sue (H B 190) the last two lines are wanting, but the texts are otherwise identical:
A Wind that rose though not a LeafED incorporated the four final lines in a letter to T. W. Higginson (BPL Higg 84) written in January 1874 to thank him for a New Year's remembrance. The text is identical with that reproduced above:
A Wind that woke a lone DelightA semifinal draft (Bingham 99-l) is the text from which the fair copies derived:
A Wind that rose though not a LeafThough "engage" (line 3) is crossed out and "commune" written in pencil at the bottom, ED did not adopt it in the later copies.
3. cold] coolThe copy to Higginson is in Letters (ed. 1931 only), 307.