’T WAS later, when the summer went
Than when the cricket came,
And yet we knew that gentle clock
Meant nought but going home.
’T was sooner, when the cricket went
Than when the winter came,
Yet that pathetic pendulum
Keeps esoteric time.
First print Nature XXVI, 26
Johnson 1276 | Franklin 1312
■→Poems, first print by Higginson and Todd, page 99;
Adverbial commas (was later, was sooner,) to avoid concern with late or early — summer or crickets.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
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.