letters from dickinson to martha gilbert smith

about 1884

Dear Mattie -

Your "our own" was sweet - Thank you for your constancy -

Icebergs italicize the Sea - they do not intercept it, and "Deep calls to the Deep" in the old way -

To attempt to speak of what has been, would be impossible. Abyss has no Biographer -

Had it, it would not be Abyss - Love for your Little Girl - tho' is it now a "Little Girl," Time makes such hallowed strides? The Little Boy was taken -

Ineffable Avarice of Jesus, who reminds a perhaps encroaching Father, "All these are mine."

Emily -

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