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

Part Five: The Single Hound

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THROUGH lane it lay, through bramble,
Through clearing and through wood,
Banditti often passed us
Upon the lonely road.
  
The wolf came purring curious,        5
The owl looked puzzled down,
The serpent’s satin figure
Glid stealthily along.
  
The tempest touched our garments,
The lightning’s poignards gleamed,        10
Fierce from the crag above us
The hungry vulture screamed.
  
The satyr’s fingers beckoned,
The valley murmured “Come”—
These were the mates—and this the road        15
Those children fluttered home.

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