letters from dickinson to frances and louise norcross

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 669

MANUSCRIPT: destroyed.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 285-286; LL 326-327; L (1931) 259-260.

Mrs. Todd placed these extracts together, among letters thought to have been written about 1880. It is not clear whether they are from one letter or from four. The same quotation from Macbeth (V, iii, 45-46), is in letters no. 332 and 986; the lines are: "Therein the patient/Must minister to himself." The scripture quotation is from 1 Corinthians 15.41: "There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory." The line quoted from Browning recalls stanza 4 of "Evelyn Hope":

No, indeed! For God above
Is great to grant, as mighty to make,
And creates the love to reward the love;
I claim you still for my own love's sake!

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