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Circuit III - (17) So, from the Mould (J-0066) (F-0110)

(1) So, from the mould,  
Scarlet and gold
Many a Bulb will rise,
(2) Hidden away cunningly  
From sagacious eyes.
(3) So, from cocoon  
Many a Worm
Leap so Highland gay,
(4) Peasants like me —
Peasants like thee,
Gaze perplexedly.

~ Emily Dickinson  

(Above: the poem as it appeared when it was first published
in 1914; below: from Fascicle 5, an original manuscript
version, without editing or imposed lineation.)


(1) So from the mould,   
Scarlet and Gold
Many a Bulb will rise –
(2) Hidden away, cunningly,    
From sagacious eyes.

(3) So from Cocoon    
Many a Worm
Leap so Highland gay,
(4) Peasants like me –    
Peasants like Thee,
Gaze perplexedly!

~ Emily Dickinson  

Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters
(1-spring colors) "How luscious is the dripping of February eaves!
It makes our thinking pink." ~ (L #257)
(1-2) "The bulbs are in the sod - the seeds in homes of paper
till the sun calls them. It is snowing now . . . ." ~ (L #691)
(1-2-on planting a gift of bulbs)
"The divine deposit came safely in the little bank.
We have heard of the 'deeds of the spirit,'
but are his acts gamboge and pink?"
~ (L #690) (Biblical reference: Acts 1:1-8)
(1-2) "I was always attached to mud, because of what it typifies —
also perhaps, a child's tie to primeval pies." ~ (L #492)
(1-2) "'Tis 'Conscience' — Childhood's Nurse —"
~ (J-1598) (F-1640)
(1-2) "You and I the secret of the crocus know — let us chant
it softly,'There is no more snow' ~ (J-0822) (F-0030)
(1-2) "She slept beneath a tree remembered but by me. I touched her
cradle mute — she recognized the foot, put on her carmine suit —
and see!" ~ (Sent with a red tulip) (J-0025) (F-0015)
(1-4) "Is not an absent friend as mysterious as a bulb in the ground,
and is not a bulb the most captivating floral form?" ~ (L #824)
(3-4-cocoon riddle) "Drab habitation of whom?
Tabernacle or tomb, or dome of worm, or porch
of gnome, or some elf's catacomb?" ~ (J-0893) (F-0916)
(3-4) "But an hour in chrysalis to pass, then gay
above receding grass, a butterfly to go.
[That is], a moment to interrogate, then wiser than a
[a judge or] 'surrogate,' the universe to know!"
~ (J-0129) (F-0142)
(4) "You are most illustrious and dwell in Paradise. I have never
believed the latter to be a superhuman site." ~ (L #391)
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