Emily Dickinson: Fascicle 16

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Poem 8 (J 242: 1861/1945)

1:
When we stand on tops of Things
When we stand on tops of things
2:
And like the Trees , look down
And like the trees look down ,
3:
The smoke all cleared away from it
The smoke all cleared away from it
4:
And Mirrors on the scene
And [sunset] on the scene
5:
Just laying light no Soul will wink
Just laying light , no soul will wink
6:
Except it have a flaw
Except it have a flaw ;
7:
The H Sound ones , like the Hills stand upshall stand
The sound ones like the hills shall stand
8:
No Lightning , scares awaydrives
No lightning drives away .
9:
The Perfect , nowhere be afraid
The perfect nowhere be afraid ,
10:
They bear their dauntless fearless—tranquil— Heads ,
They bear their tranquil heads
11:
When others , dare not go at Noon,walk at noon—
When others dare not go at noon,
12:
Protected by their deeds
Protected by their deeds .
13:
The Stars dare shine occasionally
The stars dare shine occasionally
14:
Upon a spotted World
Upon a spotted world ,
15:
And Suns , go surer , for their Proof ,
And suns go surer for their proof ,
16:
As if An Axle, held—A Muscle—held
As if an axle held.
When we stand on top of Things— And like the Trees, look down— The smoke all cleared away from it— And Mirrors on the scene— Just laying light—no soul will wink Except it have a flaw— The Sound ones, like the Hills—shall stand— The Sound ones, like the Hills—shall stand— The Sound ones, like the Hills—shall stand— No Lightening, scares away— No Lightening, scares away— The Perfect, nowhere be afraid— They bear their dauntless Heads, They bear their dauntless Heads, Where others, dare not go at Noon, Where others, dare not go at Noon, Protected by their deeds— The Stars dare shine occasionally Upon a spotted World— And Suns, go surer, for their Proof, As if An Axle, held— The Sound ones, like the Hills—stand up— No Lightening, drives away— They bear their fearless—Heads, They bear their tranquil—Heads, Where others, dare not walk at noon, As if A Muscle—held
Original Dickinson: When we stand on top of Things— Original Dickinson: And like the Trees, look down— Original Dickinson: The smoke all cleared away from it— Original Dickinson: And Mirrors on the scene— Original Dickinson: Just laying light—no soul will wink Original Dickinson: Except it have a flaw— Original Dickinson: The Sound ones, like the Hills—shall stand— Original Dickinson: The Sound ones, like the Hills—shall stand— Original Dickinson: No Lightening, scares away— OR No Lightening, drives away— Original Dickinson: No Lightening, scares away— OR No Lightening, drives away— Original Dickinson: The Perfect, nowhere be afraid— Original Dickinson: They bear their dauntless Heads, OR They bear their fearless—Heads, OR They bear their tranquil—Heads, Original Dickinson: Original Dickinson: Where others, dare not go at Noon, OR Where others, dare not walk at noon, Original Dickinson: Where others, dare not go at Noon, OR Where others, dare not walk at noon, Original Dickinson: Protected by their deeds— Original Dickinson: The Stars dare shine occasionally Original Dickinson: Upon a spotted World— Original Dickinson: And Suns, go surer, for their Proof, Original Dickinson: As if An Axle, held— OR As if A Muscle—held