Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H B79a
Dear Sue -
	The  Vision 
of   Immortal 
Life  has  been 
fulfilled -
How  simply  at 
the  last  the 
Fathom  comes!  
The  Passenger 
and  not  the
Sea,  we  find 
surprises  us -
Gilbert  rejoiced 
in  Secrets -
His  Life  was 
panting  with  them -
With  what  menace 

H B79b

of  Light  he  cried 
"Dont  tell,  Aunt 
Emily"!   Now  my 
ascended  Playmate 
must  instruct  me.  
Show  us,  prattling 
Preceptor,  but  the 
way   to   thee!
He   knew   no 
niggard  moment -
His   Life   was 
full  of  Boon -
The  Playthings  of 
the  Dervish  were
not   so   wild 
as  his -
No  Crescent  was 
this  Creature -

H B79c

He  traveled  from 
the  Full `
Such  soar,  but 
never  set -
I  see  him  in 
the  Star,  and 
meet  his  sweet 
velocity  in  every-
thing  that  flies -
His   Life   was 
like  the  Bugle, 
which  winds 
itself  away, 
his  Elegy  an 
Echo - his  Requiem 
Ecstacy -
Dawn   and 
Meridian  in  one.

H B79d

 Wherefore  would 
he  wait,  wronged 
only  of  Night, 
which  he  left 
for  us -
Without  a  spec-
ulation,  our 
little  Ajax 
spans  the  whole -
Pass   to   thy 
Rendezvous   of 
Pangless  except 
for  us,
Who  slowly  ford 
the  Mystery
Which  thou  hast 
leaped   across!
   Emily -


H B79

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