MANUSCRIPT: The copy reproduced above (Esty) is a message sent to Mrs. Edward Tuckerman, who dated it in the margin January 1884. The poems follows the salutation "Dear friend," and concludes "Emily, with love -." A second copy (Bingham 99-16), with identical salutation and signature, written at the same time, may well have been the original draft of which the copy to Mrs. Tuckerman is a redaction, variant in the final line:
To try to speak, and miss the Way,PUBLICATION: The message to Mrs. Tuckerman is in Letters (ed. 1894), 389; (ed. 1931), 378; also LL (1924), 369.