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The Way to know the Bobolink

The Way to know the Bobolink
From every other Bird
Precisely as the Joy of him
Obliged to be inferred.

Of impudent Habiliment
Attired to defy,
Impertinence subordinate
At times to Majesty.

Of Sentiments seditious
Amenable to Law
As Heresies of Transport
Or Puck’s Apostacy.

Extrinsic to Attention
Too intimate with Joy
He compliments existence
Until allured away

By Seasons or his Children
Adult and urgent grown
Or unforeseen aggrandizement
Or, happily, Renown

By Contrast certifying
The Bird of Birds is gone
How nullified the Meadow
Her Sorcerer withdrawn!


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Poem The Way to know the Bobolink - Emily Dickinson
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