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

Part Four: Time and Eternity


ALL overgrown by cunning moss,
  All interspersed with weed,
The little cage of “Currer Bell”,
  In quiet Haworth laid.
This bird, observing others,        5
  When frosts too sharp became,
Retire to other latitudes,
  Quietly did the same.
But differed in returning;
  Since Yorkshire hills are green,        10
Yet not in all the nests I meet
  Can nightingale be seen.
Gathered from any wanderings,
  Gethsemane can tell
Through what transporting anguish        15
  She reached the asphodel!
Soft falls the sounds of Eden
  Upon her puzzled ear;
Oh, what an afternoon for heaven,
  When Brontë entered there!        20


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