Emily Dickinson: Fascicle 16

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Poem 3 (J 279: 1861/1896)

1:
Tie the Strings to my Life , My Lord,
Tie the strings to my life , my Lord,
Tie the strings to my life , my Lord,
Tie the Strings to my Life , My Lord,
2:
Then , I am ready to go!
Then I am ready to go!
Then I am ready to go!
Then , I am ready to go!
3:
Just a look at the Horses
Just a look at the horses
Just a look at the horses
Just a look at the Horses
4:
Rapid! That will do!
Rapid! That will do!
Rapid! That will do!
Rapid! That will do!
5:
Put me in on the VAR 1: firmest VAR 2: tightest VAR 3: highest— side
Put me in on the firmest side ,
Put me on the firmest side ,
Put me in on the firmest side
6:
So I shall never fall
So I shall never fall ;
So I shall never fall ;
So I shall never fall
7:
For we must ride to the Judgment
For we must ride to the Judgment ,
For we must ride to the Judgment ,
For we must ride to the Judgment
8:
And it's VAR 1: partly, down Hill—VAR 2: many a mile—the Hills
And it's partly down hill.
And it's partly down hill.
And it's partly, down Hill—
9:
But never I mind the VAR 1: steepest—VAR 2: Bridges
But never I mind the bridges,
But never I mind the bridges,
But never I mind the steepest—
10:
And never I mind the Sea
And never I mind the sea ;
And never I mind the sea ;
And never I mind the Sea
11:
Held fast in Everlasting Race
Held fast in everlasting race
Held fast in everlasting race
Held fast in Everlasting Race
12:
By my own Choice , and Thee
By my own choice and thee .
By my own choice and thee .
By my own Choice , and Thee
13:
Good bye to the Life I used to live
Good-by to the life I used to live ,
Good-by to the life I used to live ,
Goodbye to the Life I used to live
14:
And the World I used to know
And the world I used to know ;
And the world I used to know ;
And the World I used to know
15:
And kiss the Hills , for me, just once
And kiss the hills for me, just once ;
And kiss the hills for me, just once ;
And kiss the Hills , for me, just once
16:
VAR 1: Then—VAR 2: Now VAR 3: Here's a keepsake for I am ready to go!
Now I am ready to go!
Now I am ready to go!
Then— I am ready to go!
Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord, Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord, Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord, Then, I am ready to go! Just look at the Horses— Rapid! That will do! Put me in on the firmest side— Put me in on the firmest side— Put me in on the firmest side— So I shall never fall— For we must ride to the Judgment— And it's partly, down Hill— But never I mind the steepest But never I mind the steepest And never I mind the Sea— Held fast in Everlasting Race— By my own Choice, and Thee— Goodbye to the Life I used to live— And the World I used to know— And kiss the Hills, for me, just once— Then—I am ready to go! Now I am ready to go! Put me in on the tightest side— Put me in on the highest—side— And it's many a mile—the Hills— But never I mind the Bridges Here's a keepsake for I am ready to go!
Original Dickinson: Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord, Original Dickinson: Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord, Original Dickinson: Then, I am ready to go! Original Dickinson: Just look at the Horses— Original Dickinson: Just look at the Horses— Original Dickinson: Rapid! That will do! Original Dickinson: Put me in on the firmest side— OR Put me in on the tightest side— OR Put me in on the highest—side— Original Dickinson: Put me in on the firmest side— OR Put me in on the tightest side— OR Put me in on the highest—side— Original Dickinson: Put me in on the firmest side— OR Put me in on the tightest side— OR Put me in on the highest—side— Original Dickinson: So I shall never fall— Original Dickinson: For we must ride to the Judgment— Original Dickinson: And it's partly, down Hill— OR And it's many a mile—the Hills— Original Dickinson: But never I mind the steepest OR But never I mind the Bridges Original Dickinson: But never I mind the steepest OR But never I mind the Bridges Original Dickinson: And never I mind the Sea— Original Dickinson: Held fast in Everlasting Race— Original Dickinson: By my own Choice, and Thee— Original Dickinson: Goodbye to the Life I used to live— Original Dickinson: And the World I used to know— Original Dickinson: And kiss the Hills, for me, just once— Original Dickinson: Then—I am ready to go! OR Now I am ready to go! OR Here's a keepsake for I am ready to go!
Original Dickinson: Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord, Original Dickinson: Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord, Original Dickinson: Then, I am ready to go! Original Dickinson: Just look at the Horses— Original Dickinson: Just look at the Horses— Original Dickinson: Rapid! That will do! Original Dickinson: Put me in on the firmest side— OR Put me in on the tightest side— OR Put me in on the highest—side— Original Dickinson: Put me in on the firmest side— OR Put me in on the tightest side— OR Put me in on the highest—side— Original Dickinson: Put me in on the firmest side— OR Put me in on the tightest side— OR Put me in on the highest—side— Original Dickinson: So I shall never fall— Original Dickinson: For we must ride to the Judgment— Original Dickinson: And it's partly, down Hill— OR And it's many a mile—the Hills— Original Dickinson: But never I mind the steepest OR But never I mind the Bridges Original Dickinson: But never I mind the steepest OR But never I mind the Bridges Original Dickinson: And never I mind the Sea— Original Dickinson: Held fast in Everlasting Race— Original Dickinson: By my own Choice, and Thee— Original Dickinson: Goodbye to the Life I used to live— Original Dickinson: And the World I used to know— Original Dickinson: And kiss the Hills, for me, just once— Original Dickinson: Then—I am ready to go! OR Now I am ready to go! OR Here's a keepsake for I am ready to go!
Original Dickinson: Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord, Original Dickinson: Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord, Original Dickinson: Then, I am ready to go! Original Dickinson: Just look at the Horses— Original Dickinson: Just look at the Horses— Original Dickinson: Rapid! That will do! Original Dickinson: Put me in on the firmest side— OR Put me in on the tightest side— OR Put me in on the highest—side— Original Dickinson: Put me in on the firmest side— OR Put me in on the tightest side— OR Put me in on the highest—side— Original Dickinson: So I shall never fall— Original Dickinson: For we must ride to the Judgment— Original Dickinson: And it's partly, down Hill— OR And it's many a mile—the Hills— Original Dickinson: But never I mind the steepest OR But never I mind the Bridges Original Dickinson: But never I mind the steepest OR But never I mind the Bridges Original Dickinson: And never I mind the Sea— Original Dickinson: Held fast in Everlasting Race— Original Dickinson: By my own Choice, and Thee— Original Dickinson: Goodbye to the Life I used to live— Original Dickinson: And the World I used to know— Original Dickinson: And kiss the Hills, for me, just once— Original Dickinson: Then—I am ready to go! OR Now I am ready to go! OR Here's a keepsake for I am ready to go!