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Browse alphabetically through more than 9,000 words in Dickinson’s poetry, as defined in the Emily Dickinson Lexicon, based in part on her dictionary, Webster's 1844 American Dictionary of the English Language.
The frost of death was on the pane -
"Protect your flower" said he -
Like sailors fighting with a leak
We fought mortality -
Our passive flower we held to sea -
To mountain - to the sun.
Yet even on his scarlet shelf
To crawl - the frost begun -
We pried him back -
Ourselves we wedged
Himself, and her between -
But easy as a narrow snake
He forked his way along -
Till all her helpless beauty bent
And then our wrath begun
We hunted him to his ravine
We chased him to his den -
We hated death and hated life
And nowhere was to go
The sea and continent there is
A larger - it is woe.
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