It sifts from leaden sieves, It powders all the wood, It fills with alabaster wool The wrinkles of the road. It makes an even face Of mountain and of plain, - Unbroken forehead from the east Unto the east again. It reaches to the fence, It wraps it, rail by rail, Till it is lost in fleeces; [It flings a crystal veil]1 [On]2 stump and stack and stem, - [The]3 summer's empty room, Acres of [seams]4 where harvests were, Recordless, but for them. It ruffles wrists of posts, As ankles of a queen, - Then stills its artisans like ghosts, Denying they have been.
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1 Hoekman: "It deals Celestial Vail"
2 Hoekman: "To"
3 Hoekman: "A"
4 Hoekman: "Joints"
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891 [author's text not yet checked 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 Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "Snowfall", alternate title: "Alabaster wool", 193-? [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Timothy Hoekman , "It sifts from leaden sieves", 2002, published 2006 [ voice and piano ], from To Make a Prairie, no. 3 [sung text not yet checked]
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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