MANUSCRIPT: There are two, both written in 1878. The fair copy reproduced above is incorporated in a letter (BPL Higg 106) written to T.W. Higginson early in June 1878, some nine months after the death of his wife Mary Channing Higginson. The poem is introduced by the comment:
That those have immortality with whom we talked about it, makes it no more mighty - but perhaps more sudden -The worksheet draft (Bingham 104-55) from which the fair copy derives is jotted down on a scrap of stationery:
Upon what britde PiersED did not adopt the changes suggested in the rough draft, and she altered the first two lines in the fair copy.
PUBLICATION: The letter to Higginson is in Letters (ed. 1894), 328; (ed. 1931), 310; also LL (1914), 307.