letters from dickinson to elizabeth holland

To Mrs. J.G. Holland
From ED

late 1881

Dear Sister.

The Things that never can come back, are several -
Childhood - some forms of Hope - the Dead -
Though Joys - like Men - may somtimes make a Journey -
And still abide -
We do not mourn for Traveler, or Sailor,
Their Routes are fair -
But think enlarged of all that they will tell us
Returning here -
"Here!" There are typic "Heres" -
Foretold Locations -
The Spirit does not stand -
Himself - at whatsoever Fathom
His Native Land -

          Emily, in love -

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