letters from dickinson to frances and louise
TO: Louise and Frances Norcross
. . . I know I love my friends - I feel it far in her where neither blue nor black eye goes, and fingers
cannot reach. I know 'tis love for them that sets the blister in my throat, many time a day,
when winds go sweeter than their wont, or a different cloud puts my brain from home.
I can not see my soul, but know 'tis there -
- Love for the glad if you know them, for the sad if they know you.
Nor ever say his house, nor furniture -
Who has invited me with him to dwell;
But a confiding guest, consult as well,
What raiment honor him the most,
That I be adequately dressed -
For he insures to none
Lest men specifical adorn -
Procuring him perpetual drest
By dating it a sudden feast.
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