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]
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- 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]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- 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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