poems sent from dickinson to frances and louise norcross

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1186

No autograph copy of this poem is known. It is here reproduced from the letter written to the Norcross cousins in mid-July 1871, and printed as prose.

PUBLICATION: Letters (ed. 1894), 266; (ed. 1931), 243; also LL (1924), 279. The text from the same source is in New England Quarterly, XX (1947), 45, arranged as two quatrains. The last two words of line 5 are arranged as the sixth line. In the published letter the first word only is capitalized.

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