The Spider holds a Silver Ball In unperceived Hands -- And dancing softly to Himself His Yarn of Pearl -- unwinds -- He plies from Nought to Nought -- In unsubstantial Trade -- Supplants our Tapestries with His -- In half the period -- An Hour to rear supreme His [Continents]1 of Light -- Then dangle from the Housewife's Broom -- His [Boundaries]2 -- forgot --
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1 Langert: "theories"
2 Langert: "sophistries"
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Bolts of Melody [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Jules Langert (b. 1932), "The spider holds a silver ball", from Three Emily Dickinson Songs, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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