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

Part Two: Nature

LXXXVI


A LADY red upon the hill
  Her annual secret keeps;
A lady white within the field
  In placid lily sleeps!
  
The tidy breezes with their brooms        5
  Sweep vale, and hill, and tree!
Prithee, my pretty housewives!
  Who may expected he?
  
The neighbors do not yet suspect!
  The woods exchange a smile—        10
Orchard, and buttercup, and bird—
  In such a little while!
  
And yet how still the landscape stands,
  How nonchalant the wood,
As if the resurrection        15
  Were nothing very odd!

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