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

Part Two: Nature

LXIV


THIS is the land the sunset washes,
These are the banks of the Yellow Sea;
Where it rose, or whither it rushes,
These are the western mystery!
  
Night after night her purple traffic        5
Strews the landing with opal bales;
Merchantmen poise upon horizons,
Dip, and vanish with fairy sails.

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