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Circuit I - (07) (Epilogue) Though the Great Waters Sleep (J-1599) (F-1641)

(1) Though the great waters sleep,  
That they are still the deep  
We cannot doubt.
(2) No vacillating God    
Ignited this abode
To put it out.

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


(1) Though the  
great Waters
sleep,
That they are
still the Deep,
We cannot
doubt,
(2) No vacillating  
God
Ignited this
Abode
To put it
  out –

~ Emily Dickinson

Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters
(1) "That bareheaded life — under the grass —
worries one like a wasp." ~ (L #220)
(1) "The Sailor cannot see the North — but knows the Needle can." ~ (L #265)
(1) "I cannot tell how Eternity seems.
It sweeps around me like a sea." ~ (L #785)
(1) "Peter took the marine walk at the great risk." ~ (L #965)
(Biblical ref. Matthew 14:26-32)
(1) "Fathoms are sudden neighbors." ~ (L #804)
(1-2) "I find you with dusk — for day is tired, and lays her
antediluvian cheek to the hill like a child.
Nature confides now." ~ (L #503)
(1-2) "Anybody that knows grammar must admit the surpassing
splendor & force of [biblical] speech, but the fathomless gulfs
of meaning — those words which He spoke to those most
necessary to him, hints about some celestial reunion —
yearning for a oneness — has any one fathomed that sea?
~ (L #10) (biblical ref. John 10:27-30 & 39-40)
(2) "God made no act without a cause, nor heart without an aim,
our inference is premature, our premises to blame."
~ (L #357) (J-1163) (F-1192)
(2) "Fidelity never flickers —
it is the one unerring light." ~ (L #939)
(2) "The flight of such a fraction takes all our numbers home —
'Room for one more' was a plea for Heaven." ~ (L #641)
(2) "Trusty as the stars
Who quit their shining working
Prompt as when I lit them
In Genesis new house,
Durable as dawn
Whose antiquated blossom
Makes a world's suspense
Perish and rejoice."

~ (L #479) (J-1369) (F-1415)
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