Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H 254
Exultation is the going 
Of an inland soul to sea, 
Past the houses - past the headlands - 
Into deep Eternity , 

Bred as we, among the mountains, 
Can the sailor understand 
The divine intoxication 
Of the first league out from land? 


H 254

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