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

Part One: Life

CX


ON the bleakness of my lot
  Bloom I strove to raise.
Late, my acre of a rock
  Yielded grape and maize.
  
Soil of flint if steadfast tilled        5
  Will reward the hand;
Seed of palm by Lybian sun
  Fructified in sand.

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