letters from dickinson to abigail cooper

early 1885

Dear friend -

Nothing inclusive of a human Heart could be "trivial." That appalling Boon makes all things paltry but itself -

To thank you would profane you - There are moments when Gratitude is a desecration -

Go thy great way!
The Stars thou meetst
Are even as Thyself -
For what are Stars but Asterisks
To point a human Life?

E - Dickinson,

with love -

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