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

Part Three: Love


THE NIGHT was wide, and furnished scant
With but a single star,
That often as a cloud it met
Blew out itself for fear.
The wind pursued the little bush,        5
And drove away the leaves
November left; then clambered up
And fretted in the eaves.
No squirrel went abroad;
A dog’s belated feet        10
Like intermittent plush were heard
Adown the empty street.
To feel if blinds be fast,
And closer to the fire
Her little rocking-chair to draw,        15
And shiver for the poor,
The housewife’s gentle task.
“How pleasanter,” said she
Unto the sofa opposite,
“The sleet than May—no thee!”        20


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