poems from dickinson to ned dickinson

It would not know if it were spurned,
This gallant little flower -
How therefore safe to be a flower
If one would tamper there.

To enter, it would not aspire -
But may it not despair
That it is not a Cavalier,
To dare and perish there?

thomas johnson's note on poem 1579 | index to dickinson/ned dickinson poems

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