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Circuit IV - (30) These are the Signs to Nature's Inns (J-1077) (F-1106)

(1) These are the signs to Nature's inns,  
Her invitation broad
(2) To whomsoever famishing
To taste her mystic bread.

(3) These are the rites of Nature's house,  
The hospitality
(4) That opens with an equal width
To beggar and to bee.

(5) For sureties of her staunch estate,  
Her undecaying cheer,
(6) The purple in the East is set
And in the North, the star.

(Below: an original manuscript version
without editing or imposed lineation.)


(1) These are the Signs to  
  Nature's inns –
Her invitation broad
(2) To Whomsoever famishing  
To taste her mystic
  Bread –
(3) These are the rites  
    of Nature's House –
The Hospitality
(4) That opens with an  
equal width
To Beggar and to Bee.

(5) For Sureties of her  
staunch Estate
Her undecaying Cheer,
(6) The Purple in the  
East is set
And in the North, the
  Star –

~Emily Dickinson

Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters
(1-2-signs) "Emblem is immeasurable — that is why it is better
than fulfillment, which can be drained." ~ (L #819)
(1-6) "O matchless Earth, we underrate the chance
to dwell in Thee." ~ (L #347)
(1-6) "Nature, the gentlest mother is, impatient of no child,
the feeblest or the waywardest — her admonition mild."
~ (J-0790) (F-0741)
(1-6) "Nature in chivalry — Nature in charity — Nature in
equity — the Rose ordained!" ~ (J-0034) (F-0010)
(2) "Has All — a codicil?" ~ (L #246)
(3-4) "What tenements of clover are fitting for the bee,
what edifices azure for butterflies and me." ~ (J-1338) (F-1358)
(3-4) "Immortality as a guest is sacred." ~ (L #644)
(3-6) "How mighty 'twas — to be a guest in this stupendous place —
the parlor — of the day." ~ (J-0304) (F-0572)
(4) "We are very small, Abiah — I think we grow still smaller —
this tiny, insect life the portal to another; it seems strange —
strange indeed. I'm afraid we are all unworthy, yet we shall
'enter in.'" ~ (L 39)
(5-6 dandelions gold) "We should not mind so small a flower except
it quiet bring our little garden that we lost back to the lawn again."
~ (J-0081) (F-0082)
(5-6) "God bless the sunshine in Loo's room . . ." ~ (L #737)
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