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

Part Two: Nature

XLVIII


GOD made a little gentian;
It tired to be a rose
And failed, and all the summer laughed.
But just before the snows
There came a purple creature        5
That ravished all the hill;
And summer hid her forehead,
And mockery was still.
The frosts were her condition;
The Tyrian would not come        10
Until the North evoked it.
“Creator! shall I bloom?”

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