letters from dickinson to higginson
I am glad to have been of joy to your friend, even incidentally,
and greedy for the supplement of so sweet a privilege. I hope that you
had a happy trip, and became refreshed. Labor might fatigue, though
it is Action's rest.
The things we thought that we should do
I am glad you remember the "Meadow Grass."
We other things have done
But those peculiar industries
Have never been begun-
The Lands we thought that we should seek
When large enough to run
By Speculation ceded
To Speculation's Son-
The Heaven, in which we hoped to pause
When Discipline was done
Untenable to Logic
But possibly the one-
That forestalls fiction.
I was always told that conjecture surpassed Discovery, but it must
have been spoken in caricature, for it is not true-
The long sigh of the Frog
Would you but guide
Upon a Summer's Day
Upon the Passer by.
But his receding Swell
Substantiates a Peace
That makes the Ear inordinate
For corporal release-
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