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

Part One: Life

LXXII


HEART not so heavy as mine,
Wending late home,
As it passed my window
Whistled itself a tune,—
  
A careless snatch, a ballad,        5
A ditty of the street;
Yet to my irritated ear
An anodyne so sweet,
  
It was as if a bobolink,
Sauntering this way,        10
Carolled and mused and carolled,
Then bubbled slow away.
  
It was as if a chirping brook
Upon a toilsome way
Set bleeding feet to minuets        15
Without the knowing why.
  
To-morrow, night will come again,
Weary, perhaps, and sore.
Ah, bugle, by my window,
I pray you stroll once more!   20

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