MANUSCRIPT: The lines are incorporated in a letter (BPL Higg 69)
written to T. W. Higginson about June 1877. Knowing that Mrs. Higginson is
seriously ill (she died in September), ED expresses the hope she may be better
and introduces the poem with the thought:
PUBLICATION: Among the letters to Higginson in Letters (ed. 1894), 318; (ed. 1931), 292; also LL (1924), 292.