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

Part Two: Nature

XII


TO hear an oriole sing
May be a common thing,
Or only a divine.
  
It is not of the bird
Who sings the same, unheard,        5
As unto crowd.
  
The fashion of the ear
Attireth that it hear
In dun or fair.
  
So whether it be rune,        10
Or whether it be none,
Is of within;
  
The “tune is in the tree,”
The sceptic showeth me;
“No, sir! In thee!”        15

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