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“Before I got my eye put out”

The title of this site comes from the third stanza of Emily Dickinson’s 1862 poem “Before I got my eye put out–”


But were it told to me, Today,
That I might have the Sky
For mine, I tell you that my Heart
Would split, for size of me –


The Meadows – mine –
The Mountains – mine –
All Forests – Stintless stars –
As much of noon, as I could take –
Between my finite eyes –


image: detail of manuscript page, Emily Dickinson Archive