poems sent from dickinson to elizabeth holland

To Dr. and Mrs. Holland
From ED

The Day undressed - Herself -
Her Garter - was of Gold -
Her Petticoat - of Purple plain -
Her Dimities - as old

Exactly - as the World -
And yet the newest Star -
Enrolled upon the Hemisphere
Be wrinkled - much as Her -

Too near to God - to pray -
Too near to Heaven - to fear -
The Lady of the Occident
Retired without a care -

Her Candle so expire
The flickering be seen
On Ball of Mast in Bosporus -
And Dome - and Window Pane -

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