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

Part One: Life

LXXVIII


TO learn the transport by the pain,
As blind men learn the sun;
To die of thirst, suspecting
That brooks in meadows run;
  
To stay the homesick, homesick feet        5
Upon a foreign shore
Haunted by native lands, the while,
And blue, beloved air—
  
This is the sovereign anguish,
This, the signal woe!        10
These are the patient laureates
Whose voices, trained below,
  
Ascend in ceaseless carol,
Inaudible, indeed,
To us, the duller scholars        15
Of the mysterious bard!

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