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

Part Five: The Single Hound

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LIKE some old-fashioned miracle
When Summertime is done,
Seems Summer’s recollection
And the affairs of June.
  
As infinite tradition        5
As Cinderella’s bays,
Or little John of Lincoln Green,
Or Bluebeard’s galleries.
  
Her Bees have a fictitious hum,
Her Blossoms, like a dream,        10
Elate—until we almost weep
So plausible they seem.
  
Her Memories like strains—review—
When Orchestra is dumb,
The Violin in baize replaced        15
And Ear and Heaven numb.

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