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

Part Two: Nature

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OF bronze and blaze
The north, to-night!
  So adequate its forms,
So preconcerted with itself,
  So distant to alarms,—        5
An unconcern so sovereign
  To universe, or me,
It paints my simple spirit
  With tints of majesty,
Till I take vaster attitudes,        10
  And strut upon my stem,
Disdaining men and oxygen,
  For arrogance of them.
  
My splendors are menagerie;
  But their competeless show        15
Will entertain the centuries
  When I am, long ago,
An island in dishonored grass,
  Whom none but daisies know.

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