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Dear March, come in! How glad I am! I looked for you before. Put down your hat - You must have walked - How out of breath you are! Dear March, how are you? And the rest? Did you leave Nature well? Oh, March, come right upstairs with me, I have so much to tell! I got your letter, and the bird's; The maples never knew That you were coming, - I declare, How red their faces grew! But, March, forgive me - And all those hills You left for me to hue, There was no purple suitable, You took it all with you. Who knocks? that April? Lock the door! I will not be pursued! He stayed away a year, to call When I am occupied. But trifles look so trivial As soon as you have come, [That]1 blame is just as dear as praise And praise as mere as blame.
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1 Copland: "And"
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1896 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990), "Dear March, come in!", 1949-50, published 1951 [mezzo-soprano, piano], from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 6. [text verified 1 time]
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- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Cher Mars, entre!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Març estimat, entra!", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Cher Mars, entre ! Comme je suis contente ! Je t'espérais avant. Pose ton chapeau Tu as dû marcher Que tu es essoufflé. Cher Mars, comment vas-tu ? Et le reste ? La nature allait bien quand tu l'as quittée ? Oh, Mars, viens tout de suite en haut avec moi J'ai tant à te dire. J'ai reçu ta lettre et celle de l'oiseau. Les érables ne savaient pas que tu allais venir, Je dis, comme leur visage a rougi, Mais, Mars, pardonne-moi. Et toutes ces collines que tu m'as laissées à colorier, Il n'y avait pas de violet qui allait, Tu as tout emporté avec toi. Qui frappe ? c'est Avril ? Ferme la porte à clé, je ne veux pas qu'on me poursuive ! Il est resté loin pendant un an, pour m'appeler quand je suis occupée. Mais les bagatelles semblent si dérisoires Dès que tu es là, Et le blâme vaut autant que l'éloge Et l'éloge aussi peu que le blâme.
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- a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1896
This text was added to the website: 2008-11-09
Line count: 29
Word count: 164