It was given to me by the Gods—
When I was a little Girl—
They given us Presents most—you k…
When we are new—and small.
A Tongue’—to tell Him I am true!
Its fee’—to be of Gold’—
Had Nature’—in Her monstrous Hou…
A single Ragged Child’—
Some keep the Sabbath going to Ch…
I keep it, staying at Home—
With a Bobolink for a Chorister—
And an Orchard, for a Dome—
Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice…
I died for beauty but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was la…
In an adjoining room.
He questioned softly why I failed…
Out of sight? What of that?
See the Bird —reach it!
Curve by Curve —Sweep by Sweep —
Round the Steep Air —
Danger! What is that to Her?
I never saw a moor;
I never saw the sea,
Yet know I how the heather looks
And what a billow be.
I never spoke with God,
I SHOULD have been too glad, I…
Too lifted for the scant degree
Of life’s penurious round;
My little circuit would have shame…
This new circumference, have blame…
It’s like the light,—
A fashionless delight
It’s like the bee,—
A dateless melody.
It’s like the woods,
A THOUGHT went up my mind to—d…
That I have had before,
But did not finish,—some way back,
I could not fix the year,
Nor where it went, nor why it came
A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown -
Who ponders this tremendous scene…
This whole Experiment of Green -
He was weak, and I was strong’—th…
So He let me lead him in’—
I was weak, and He was strong the…
So I let him lead me’—Home.
A Mien to move a Queen—
Half Child—Half Heroine—
An Orleans in the Eye
That puts its manner by
As if I asked a common Alms,
And in my wondering hand
A Stranger pressed a Kingdom,
And I, bewildered, stand—
More Life’—went out’—when He went
Than Ordinary Breath’—
Lit with a finer Phosphor’—
Requiring in the Quench’—
I had some things that I called m…
And God, that he called his,
Till, recently a rival Claim
Disturbed these amities.