poems from dickinson to gertrude vanderbilt
Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem
MANUSCRIPTS: There are two, identical in text. The copy reproduced above in packet 86 (Bingham 35d) was written about 1864; that below in pencil (Collamore), addressed "Mrs. Vanderbilt -" and signed "Emily -," was written about 1866:
Dying - to be afraid of Thee -
Though the packet copy of this poem was made in 1864, the copy to Mrs. Vanderbilt almost certainly was sent some two years later.
One must to thine Artillery
Have left exposed a friend -
Than thine old Arrow is a Shot
Delivered straighter to the Heart
The leaving Love behind -
Not for itself, the Dust is shy.
But Enemy - Beloved be -
Thy Batteries divorce -
Fight sternly in a dying eye
Two Armies - Love and Certainty,
And Love and the Reverse -
PUBLICATION: BM (1945), 193. It derives from the packet copy.
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