Tie the strings to my life, my Lord

Original Text: 
Poems (1890-1896) by Emily Dickinson: A Facsimile Reproduction of the Original Volumes Issued in 1890, 1891, and 1896, with an Introduction by George Monteiro (Gainesville, Florida: Scholars' Facsimiles).
1Tie the strings to my life, my Lord,
2    Then I am ready to go!
3Just a look at the horses--
4    Rapid! That will do!
5Put me in on the firmest side,
6    So I shall never fall;
7For we must ride to the Judgment,
8    And it's partly down hill.
10    And never I mind the sea;
11Held fast in everlasting race
12    By my own choice and thee.
13Good-by to the life I used to live,
14    And the world I used to know;
15And kiss the hills for me, just once;


9] Bridges: the existing manuscript version of poem 279, The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson, edited by R. W. Franklin in two volumes (Cambridge, Mass., and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1981: I, 339-40; fascicle 16; PS 1541 A1 1981 ROBA), reads "steepest". Back to Line
16] Now: the existing manuscript version reads "Then". Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.