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Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1483

MANUSCRIPT: The copy reproduced above (AAS) was sent as a message to Mrs. Edward Tuckerman about March 1880, signed "Emily." Part of a worksheet draft (Bingham 107-69), jotted down on a scrap of paper, reads thus:

The Robin is a Troubadour
In humble circumstances -
The Guests of perspicacity -

A fugitive Renown -

It cannot be called a variant; it is rather an early stage in the composition of the finished poem.

PUBLICATION: The poem as sent to Mrs. Tuckerman is in Letters (ed. 1894), 384; (ed. 1931), 373-74; also LL (1924), 340 - printed without stanza division. The four lines of the worksheet draft, arranged as a quatrain, are in BM (1945), 64.

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