poems sent from dickinson to higginson
Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 318
MANUSCRIPTS: There are two fair copies. That reproduced above (BPL Higg 5) was one of the four poems ED enclosed in her first letter (BPL Higg 50) to T. W. Higginson, posted on 15 April 1862. The other copy, written about 1860, is in packet 37 (H 202a).
I'll tell you how the Sun rose-
Ed drew a horizontal line between the second and third stanzas. The texts
are identical except for one word:
A Ribbon at a time!
The Steeples swam in Amethyst!
The news like squirrels ran!
The hills untied their Bonnets!
The Bobolinks begun!
Then I said softly to myself
"That must have been the Sun"!
But how he set, I know not!
There seemed a purple stile
Which little yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while-
Till when they reached the other side-
A Dominie in gray
Put gently up the evening bars
And led the flock away!
11. Which] That
PUBLICATION: Poems (1893), 94, titled "A Day." The text derives
from the packet copy. The horizontal line is represented by a series of
dots; the italics are not retained.
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