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

Part Five: The Single Hound

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A LITTLE over Jordan,
As Genesis record,
An Angel and a Wrestler
Did wrestle long and hard.
  
Till, morning touching mountain,        5
And Jacob waxing strong,
The Angel begged permission
To breakfast and return.
  
“Not so,” quoth wily Jacob,
And girt his loins anew,        10
“Until thou bless me, stranger!”
The which acceded to:
  
Light swung the silver fleeces
Peniel hills among,
And the astonished Wrestler        15
Found he had worsted God!

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