Sweet is the swamp with its secrets, Until we meet a snake; 'T is then we sigh for houses, And our departure take At that enthralling gallop That only childhood knows. A snake is summer's treason, And guile is where it goes.
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1896 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "Sweet is the swamp", alternate title: "The swamp", 196-? [voice, piano] [text not verified]
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