Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems

Part Four: Time and Eternity 136. All overgrown by cunning moss


All overgrown by cunning moss,

All interspersed with weed,

The little cage of 'Currer Bell,'

In quiet Haworth laid.

This bird, observing others,

When frosts too sharp became,

Retire to other latitudes,

Quietly did the same,

But differed in returning;

Since Yorkshire hills are green,

Yet not in all the nests I meet

Can nightingale be seen.

Gathered from many wanderings,

Gethsemane can tell

Through what transporting anguish

She reached the asphodel!

Soft fall the sounds of Eden

Upon her puzzled ear;

Oh, what an afternoon for heaven,

When 'Brontë' entered there!