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

Part Two: Nature

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HIGH from the earth I heard a bird;
  He trod upon the trees
As he esteemed them trifles,
  And then he spied a breeze,
And situated softly        5
  Upon a pile of wind
Which in a perturbation
  Nature had left behind.
A joyous-going fellow
  I gathered from his talk,        10
Which both of benediction
  And badinage partook,
Without apparent burden,
  I learned, in leafy wood
He was the faithful father        15
  Of a dependent brood;
And this untoward transport
  His remedy for care,—
A contrast to our respites.
  How different we are!        20

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