Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H 349a
There is a word
Which bears a sword
Can pierce an armed man `
It hurls it's barbed syllables
And is mute again `
But where it fell
The saved will tell
On patriotic day,
Some Epauletted Brother
Gave his breath away!

Wherever runs the breathless sun `
Wherever roams the day -
There is it's noiseless onset -
There is it's victory!

H 349b

Behold the keenest marksman `
The most accomplished shot!
Time's sublimest target
Is a soul "forgot"!
		   Emily `


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