PUBLICATION: L (1894) 169-170; LL 199-200; L (1931) 164- 165; LH 48-50, dated (presumably by ED): Sabbath Night.
Since the manuscript is missing, and the contents do not indicated the time of writing, the date given by Mrs. Todd - 1856 - has been retained.. The departure of the bobolinks sets the season as early August. Several phrases in the first paragraph are taken from Revelation, where they are found in 3.12; 21.4; and 14.3. The quoted prhase in the third paragraph is the opening line of Longfellow's "The Reaper and the Flowers."