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

Part Two: Nature

IV


THE DAY came slow, till five o’clock,
Then sprang before the hills
Like hindered rubies, or the light
A sudden musket spills.
  
The purple could not keep the east,        5
The sunrise shook from fold,
Like breadths of topaz, packed a night,
The lady just unrolled.
  
The happy winds their timbrels took;
The birds, in docile rows,        10
Arranged themselves around their prince
(The wind is prince of those).
  
The orchard sparkled like a Jew,—
How mighty ’t was, to stay
A guest in this stupendous place,        15
The parlor of the day!

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