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Circuit IV - (31) (Epilogue) No Matter Where the Saints Abide (J-1541) (F-1576)

(1) No matter where the Saints abide,    
They make their Circuit fair;
(2) Behold how great a Firmament    
Accompanies a Star!

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


(1) No matter where   
the Saints abide,
They make their
Circuit fair
(2) Behold how  
great a Firmament
Accompanies a
 Star.

~ Emily Dickinson

Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters
(1) "Flowers are not quite earthly. They are like the Saints." ~ (L #417)
(1) "To give delight is hallowed — perhaps the toil of Angels, whose
avocations are concealed." ~ (L #769)
(1) "The fairest — for occupation — this — the spreading wide
of narrow hands to gather Paradise." ~ (J-0657) (F-0466)
(1-2) "I tie my hat, I crease my shawl, life's little duties do —
precisely — as the very least were infinite — to me."
~ (J-0443) (F-0522)
(1-2) "Joys — like men — may sometimes make a Journey —
and still abide —" ~ (J-1515) (F-1564)
(1-2) "No Joy can be in vain,  
but adds to some bright total,
whose Dwelling is unknown —"
~ (L #528) (poetry embedded as prose)
(1-2) "Joy to have merited the pain — to merit the release —"
Joy to have perished every step — to compass paradise."
~ (J-0788) (F-0739)
(1-2) "[It is] the art of spring to cheer." ~ (L #90)
(1-2) "Success in circuit lies — too bright for our infirm
delight the truth's superb surprise."
~ (J-1129) (F-1263)
(2) "Quickened toward all celestial things
by crows I heard this morning." ~ (L #981)
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