Within my Garden, rides a Bird Opon a single Wheel - Whose spokes a dizzy Music make As 'twere a travelling Mill - He never stops, but slackens - Above the Ripest Rose - Partakes without alighting - And praises as he goes, Till every spice is tasted - And then his Fairy Gig Reels in remoter atmospheres - And I rejoin my Dog, And He and I, perplex us If positive, 'twere we - Or bore the Garden in the Brain This Curiosity - But He, the best Logician, Refers my clumsy eye - To just vibrating Blossoms! An Exquisite Reply!
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Confirmed with The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. R.W. Franklin, Volume 2, Cambridge, MA and London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998, Poem 370.
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Julian Philips (b. 1969), "The hummingbird", 1997/2002, published 2007 [high voice and piano], from the collection An Amherst Bestiary, no. 8, Peters Edition [text verified 1 time]
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Der Kolibri", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , from Kinder-Lieder, in 2. Lieder und Bilder aus der Natur, copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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