MANUSCRIPT: About 1883 (Bennett). The lines conclude a letter beginning "Dear Girls, I hope you are having superb times..." written to her niece Mattie and a friend Sally Jenkins during a visit of Mattie's to the Jenkins family to Pittsfield.
PUBLICATION: Poems (1896), 30. The source of the published text, not located, was a variant copy, for the two final lines read:
God's residence is next to mine,