Monday, January 16, 2012

Emily Dickinson 1830-1886 & John Singer Sargent - On Poets


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Alma Strettell (Mrs Peter Harrison) 1904.  Alma Strettell was an accomplished & widely published translator of poetry.


Besides the Autumn poets sing (131)
by Emily Dickinson


Besides the Autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze -

A few incisive mornings -
A few Ascetic eves -
Gone - Mr Bryant's "Golden Rod" -
And Mr Thomson's "sheaves."

Still, is the bustle in the brook -
Sealed are the spicy valves -
Mesmeric fingers softly touch
The eyes of many Elves -

Perhaps a squirrel may remain -
My sentiments to share -
Grant me, Oh Lord, a sunny mind -
Thy windy will to bear!


Emily Dickinson 1830-1886