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

Part Two: Nature

V


THE SUN just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.
  
She felt herself supremer,—        5
A raised, ethereal thing;
Henceforth for her what holiday!
Meanwhile, her wheeling king
  
Trailed slow along the orchards
His haughty, spangled hems,        10
Leaving a new necessity,—
The want of diadems!
  
The morning fluttered, staggered,
Felt feebly for her crown,—
Her unanointed forehead        15
Henceforth her only one.

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