MANUSCRIPT: The copy reproduced above (H H 52) is incorporated in a letter written to Mrs. J. G. Holland on 4 July 1880. In the second line "just" is erased and "scarce" is substituted. Another fair copy (Bingham 98-1-8), written about the same time, is variant in lines 3, 5, and 7:
The Road to Paradise is plainA third copy now lost is discussed below.
PUBLICATION: The version to Mrs. Holland is in LH (1951), 131-132. The version in BM (1945), 212, derives from a transcript made by Mrs. Todd of a copy presumably now lost. It is without stanza division and is identical in text with the fair copy except for one word:
5. florid] dappled