MANUSCRIPTS: The copy reproduced above (Bingham 102-71) is a rough draft in the handwriting of late 1884. The last four lines, identical in text and form except tht a dash follows "Note," are incorporated in a letter to Helen Hunt Jackson (BPL Higg 112) written in late September 1884. ED did not adopt her alternative reading for the last two lines.
PUBLICATION: The letter to Mrs. Jackson in Letters (ed. 1931 only), 318-319. The text in New England Quarterly, XX (1947), 37, derives from the rough draft. It adopts the suggest change from lines 7-8.