Emily Dickinson's Fascicle 16: Eleven Poems



Poem 5 (J 280: 1861/1896)

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 I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
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 And Mourners to and fro
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 Kept treading—treading—till it seemed
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 That Sense was breaking through—
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 And when they were all seated,
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 A Service, like a Drum—
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 Kept beating—beating—till I thought
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 My Mind was going numb—
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 And then I heard them lift a Box
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And creak across my Soul
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With those same Boots of lead, again,
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Then Space began to toll,
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As all the Heavens were a Bell,
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And Being, but an Ear,
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And I, and Silence, some strange Race
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Wrecked, solitary, here—
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And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
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And I dropped down, and down—
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And hit a World, at every
plunge,
Crash—

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And Finished
And Got through—
knowing—then—
Facsimile from The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson edited by R. W. Franklin and published in 1981.
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Poems, the first collection of Dickinson poems, edited by Mabel Loomis Todd and Thomas Wentworth Higginson and published in 1890 by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Images are from an 1892 reprint. ms imagems imagems image
Poems, Second Series, the second collection, also edited by Mabel Loomis Todd and Thomas Wentworth Higginson and published in 1891 by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Images are from an 1892 reprint. ms imagems imagems image
Poems, Third Series, the third collection, edited by Mabel Loomis Todd and published in 1896 by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Images are from a 1917 Little & brown reprint. ms imagems imagems image
The Further Poems collection, edited by Martha Dickinson Bianchi and Alfred Leete Hampson and published in 1929 by Little & Brown, Boston. ms imagems imagems image
The Centenary Edition, edited by Martha Dickinson Bianchi and Alfred Leete Hampson and published in 1930 by Little & Brown, Boston. ms imagems imagems imagems image
The Bolts of Melody collections, edited by Mabel Loomis Todd and Millicent Todd Bingham and published in 1945 by Harper & Brothers, New York. ms imagems imagems image
The Final Harvest collection, edited by Thomas H. Johnson and published in 1961 by Little & Brown, Boston. ms imagems imagems image