Verse > Emily Dickinson > Complete Poems > I. Life > 92. “Drowning is not so pitiful”
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD

Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

XCII


DROWNING is not so pitiful
  As the attempt to rise.
Three times, ’t is said, a sinking man
  Comes up to face the skies,
And then declines forever        5
  To that abhorred abode
  
Where hope and he part company,—
  For he is grasped of God.
The Maker’s cordial visage,
  However good to see,        10
Is shunned, we must admit it,
  Like an adversity.

CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD

  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors