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

Part Two: Nature

XIII


ONE of the ones that Midas touched,
Who failed to touch us all,
Was that confiding prodigal,
The blissful oriole.
  
So drunk, he disavows it        5
With badinage divine;
So dazzling, we mistake him
For an alighting mine.
  
A pleader, a dissembler,
An epicure, a thief,—        10
Betimes an oratorio,
An ecstasy in chief;
  
The Jesuit of orchards,
He cheats as he enchants
Of an entire attar        15
For his decamping wants.
  
The splendor of a Burmah,
The meteor of birds,
Departing like a pageant
Of ballads and of bards.        20
  
I never thought that Jason sought
For any golden fleece;
But then I am a rural man,
With thoughts that make for peace.
  
But if there were a Jason,        25
Tradition suffer me
Behold his lost emolument
Upon the apple-tree.

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