Taken from men – this morning –
Carried by men today –
Met by the Gods with banners –
Who marshalled her away –
One little maid – from playmates –
One little mind from school –
There must be guests in Eden –
All the rooms are full –
Far – as the East from Even –
Dim as the border star –
Courtiers quaint, in Kingdoms
Our departed are.
This was written in autumn 1858 and bound into Fascicle 3.
ED used her lexicon like a Bible, selecting each word with intention and understanding. I like to look up certain words, even if they’re already familiar to me – sometimes the official definitions are richer than the ones I know.
Even – steady; unwavering; consistent; equal; balanced.
Marshall – gather and arrange in a force to perform an action.
Quaint – unusual; old-fashioned; delightful; delicate; incomprehensible. From Latin cognitum, to ascertain.