MANUSCRIPT: Stanza 2 is incorporated in a letter (BPL Higg 77) written to T. W. Higginson in late October 1876. Stanza 1 was sent as a message, signed "Emily." to Mrs. J. G. Holland (H H35a) about the same time. There are two worksheet drafts in pencil which seem to precede them. The first (Bingham 105-8) reads:
Summer laid her simple HatIt is written on a half on the inside of a torn sheet of stationery. The second (Bingham 98-2-2), on the inside of a torn scrap of envelope, is in two stanzas:
Summer laid her simple HatIn line 4 "Snatch" is finally adopted even though it was crossed out in the earlier worksheet draft. The spelling ribin is clearly deliberate. Though there is traditional authority for ribon, riban, riband, ribband - still archaically used in the nineteenth century-the spelling ribin was her own creation.
PUBLICATION: The second stanza is in Letters (ed. 1894), 323; (ed. 1931), 300; also LL (1924), 302; in the letter to Higginson. The first stanza - to Mrs. Holland - is in LH (1951), 105. Both stanzas are in New England Quarterly, XX (1947), 17. They derive from the second worksheet. with these adoptions:
4. Fasten it yourselfThe first worksheet draft is in the same, page 16.