MANUSCRIPTS: The copy reproduced above (Bingham 104-54), in pencil was written late in 1875. The last three lines ED incorporated in a letter (H L 51) to Helen Hunt Jackson, written on the occasion of the marriage of "H.H." to William Sharpless Jackson on 22 October 1875. The entire message is the greeting:
Have I a word but joy?
Who fleeing from the SpringThe story that develops from this greeting is of some interest, and is set forth in detail in the introduction, pages xxix-xxxiii.
PUBLICATION: The six-line poem is reproduced in BM (1945), 69. The letter to Mrs. Jackson is here first published.