Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H 326a
The Day came slow - till 
Five o'clock-
Then sprang before the Hills
Like Hindered Rubies - or the 
A Sudden Musket - spills -

The Purple could not keep the 
East -
The Sunrise shook abroad
Like Breadths of Topaz - 
packed a Night -
The Lady just unrolled -

The Happy Winds - their 
Timbrels took -
The Birds - in docile Rows
Arranged themselves around 
their Prince
The Wind - is Prince of Those -
H 326b

The Orchard sparkled like 
a Jew -
How mighty 'twas to be
A Guest - in this stupendous 
place -
The Parlor - of the Day !
Emily -

H 326

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