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

Part Two: Nature

LXXIII


I ’LL tell you how the sun rose,—
A ribbon at a time.
The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
  
The hills untied their bonnets,        5
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
“That must have been the sun!”
  
But how he set, I know not.
There seemed a purple stile        10
Which little yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while
  
Till when they reached the other side,
A dominie in gray
Put gently up the evening bars,        15
And led the flock away.

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