Emily Dickinson

  • Proud of my broken heart since thou didst break it,
    Proud of the pain I did not feel till thee,
    Proud of my night since thou with moons dost slake it,
    Not to partake thy passion, my humility.

  • Heart, we will forget him!
    You an I, tonight!
    You may forget the warmth he gave,
    I will forget the light.

    When you have done, pray tell me
    That I my thoughts may dim;
    Haste! lest while you're lagging.
    I may remember him!

  • I gave myself to him,
    And took himself for pay.
    The solemn contract of a life
    Was ratified this way

    The value might disappoint,
    Myself a poorer prove
    Than this my purchaser suspect,
    The daily own of Love

    Depreciates the sight;
    But, 'til the...

  • You left me, sweet, two legacies,--
    A legacy of love
    A Heavenly Father would content,
    Had He the offer of;

    You left me boundaries of pain
    Capacious as the sea,
    Between eternity and time,
    Your consciousness and me.

  • I lost a World - the other day!
    Has Anybody found?
    You'll know it by the Row of Stars
    Around its forehead bound.

    A Rich man—might not notice it—
    Yet—to my frugal Eye,
    Of more Esteem than Ducats—
    Oh find it—Sir—for me!

  • For each ecstatic instant
    We must an anguish pay
    In keen and quivering ratio
    To the ecstasy.

    For each beloved hour
    Sharp pittances of years,
    Bitter contested farthings
    And coffers heaped with tears.

  • If you were coming in the fall,
    I'd brush the summer by
    With half a smile and half a spurn,
    As housewives do a fly.

    If I could see you in a year,
    I'd wind the months in balls,
    And put them each in separate drawers,
    Until their time befalls.


  • A charm invests a face
    Imperfectly beheld.
    The lady dare not lift her veil
    For fear it be dispelled.

    But peers beyond her mesh,
    And wishes, and denies,
    'Lest interview annul a want
    That image satisfies.