One Dignity

One dignity delays for all,
One mitred afternoon.
None can avoid this purple,
None evade this crown.

Coach it insures, and footmen,
Chamber, and state, and throng;
Bells, also, in the village,
As we ride grand along.

What dignified attendants,
What service, when we pause!
How loyally at parting
Their hundred hats they raise!

How pomp surpassing ermine,
When simple you and I
Present our meek escutcheon,
And claim the rank to die!


First print Time and Eternity I, 1
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Non-defining time clause comma, What service, when we pause.
■→Poems, first print by Higginson and Todd, page 109;
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Poems one-by-one print and fascicle comparison,
■→Resource for Emily Dickinson’s poetry.


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The world may never have seen her original handwriting, if her skill was taken for supernatural. Feel welcome to Poems by Emily Dickinson prepared for print by Teresa Pelka: thematic stanzas, notes on the Greek and Latin inspiration, the correlative with Webster 1828, and the Aristotelian motif, Things perpetual — these are not in time, but in eternity.

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