MANUSCRIPT: The copy reproduced above concludes a letter (BPL Higg 83) written to T. W. Higginson in January or February 1876. It follows the remark:
Mr. Bowles lent me flowers twice, for my Father's Grave.ED sent another copy, signed "Emily-" to her pastor, the Rev. J. L. Jenkins, or to some member of his family. The handwriting suggests it was written at the same time:
To his simplicityThe texts are identical, though there is some difference in line arrangement. It is privately owned (Howe).
PUBLICATION: The letter to Higginson is in Letters (ed. 1931 only), 304. The text of the poem is printed as a couplet.