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

Part Two: Nature

XLIX


BESIDES the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
  
A few incisive mornings,        5
A few ascetic eves,—
Gone Mr. Bryant’s golden-rod,
And Mr. Thomson’s sheaves.
  
Still is the bustle in the brook,
Sealed are the spicy valves;        10
Mesmeric fingers softly touch
The eyes of many elves.
  
Perhaps a squirrel may remain,
My sentiments to share.
Grant me, O Lord, a sunny mind,        15
Thy windy will to bear!

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