MANUSCRIPTS: There are two drafts of this paraphrase of Revelations 7. The fair copy reproduced above (BPL Higg 15) was enclosed with three other poems in a letter (BPL Higg 54) to T. W. Higginson, written in July 1862. The last word is spelled out in large letters, and below it at the bottom of the sheet ED has written: "I spelled Ankle-wrong." The text is identical with that of the semifinal draft in packet 28 (H l29b), written late in 1861:
Of Tribulation, these are They13. passed] gained
The suggested change is not adopted in the fair copy.
PUBLICATION: The poem was first published in Atlantic Monthly, LXVIII (October 1891),448, in an article which Higginson wrote dealing with the letters and poems he had received from ED. It there reproduces the copy to him, and bears the title "The Saint's Rest," which he supplied. He reproduces the misspelling, "ancle," and adds a note:
[Note by the writer of the verses.] I spelled ankle wrong.
It was first collected later in the year in Poems (1891),227, titled "Saved!" The text derives from the packet copy, and the suggested change (which ED rejected in her copy to Higginson) is adopted. In both printings the first three words of line 6 conclude line 5. In the collected edition the note is omitted and the spelling of ankle corrected. In Atlantic Monthly, but not in Poems, one word is altered:
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