Verse > Emily Dickinson > Complete Poems > II. Nature > 9. “An altered look about the hills”

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

Part Two: Nature


AN altered look about the hills;
A Tyrian light the village fills;
A wider sunrise in the dawn;
A deeper twilight on the lawn;
A print of a vermilion foot;        5
A purple finger on the slope;
A flippant fly upon the pane;
A spider at his trade again;
An added strut in chanticleer;
A flower expected everywhere;        10
An axe shrill singing in the woods;
Fern-odors on untravelled roads,—
All this, and more I cannot tell,
A furtive look you know as well,
And Nicodemus’ mystery        15
Receives its annual reply.


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