poems sent from dickinson to elizabeth holland

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1405

MANUSCRIPTS: The copy reproduced above is incorporated in a letter (H H 42) written to Mrs. J. G. Holland in late May 1877. The penciled draft (Bingham 97-2), written at the same time and set down on the back of a discarded letter, is the text from which the fair copy presumably derives. ED did not adopt her proposed change:

Bees are Black, with Gilt Surcingles -
Bucaneers of Buzz -
Ride abroad in ostentation
And subsist on Fuzz -

Fuzz ordained - not Fuzz contingent -
Marrows of the Hill -
Jugs a Universe's Fracture
Could not jar or spill -

7. Fracture] rupture

PUBLICATION: The text in BM (1945), 68, derives from the penciled draft; the suggested change is rejected. The text in LH (1951), 116, reproduces the copy to Mrs. Holland.

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