‘T was just this time last year I…
I know I heard the corn,
When I was carried by the farms,—
It had the tassels on.
I thought how yellow it would look
Unable are the Loved to die
For Love is Immortality,
Nay, it is Deity—
Unable they that love—to die
“Houses”—so the Wise Men tell me—
“Mansions”! Mansions must be warm…
Mansions cannot let the tears in,
Mansions must exclude the storm!
Taking up the fair Ideal,
Just to cast her down
When a fracture—we discover—
Or a splintered Crown—
Did Our Best Moment last—
‘Twould supersede the Heaven—
A few—and they by Risk—procure—
So this Sort—are not given—
I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us—don’t te…
They’d banish—you know!
How dreary to be somebody!
There is a morn by men unseen—
Whose maids upon remoter green
Keep their Seraphic May—
And all day long, with dance and g…
Pain—has an Element of Blank—
It cannot recollect
When it begun—or if there were
A time when it was not—
It has no Future—but itself—
So bashful when I spied her!
So pretty—so ashamed!
So hidden in her leaflets
Lest anybody find—
The Robin’s my Criterion for Tun…
Because I grow—where Robins do—
But, were I Cuckoo born—
I’d swear by him—
Proud of my broken heart, since th…
Proud of the pain, I did not feel…
Proud of my night, since thou, wit…
Not to partake thy passion, –my hu…
Thou can’st not boast, like Jesus…
Declaiming Waters none may dread…
But Waters that are still
Are so for that most fatal cause
In Nature– they are full –
There is a pain’—so utter’—
It swallows substance up’—
Then covers the Abyss with Trance…
So Memory can step
Like trains of cars on tracks of p…
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry
Withstands until the sweet assault
A Visitor in Marl—
Who influences Flowers—
Till they are orderly as Busts—
And Elegant—as Glass—