MANUSCRIPTS: The copy reproduced above (H H 79) was incorporated in a letter written to Mrs. J. G. Holland in March 1883. The copy below (Bingham 106) is identical in text; it is part of a letter written evidently at the same time to an unidentified recipient:
Forever honored be the TreeED sent a copy now lost to Sue, whose transcript of it (H ST 17e) reads thus:
Forever cherished be the treeIt is variant in the first line. Perhaps the singular form of "Robin" in line 6 is a variant.
PUBLICATION: The copy to Sue furnished the text in SH (1914), 6. One word is altered:
2. worn] warmThe copy to Mrs. Holland is followed in LH (1951), 176.