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Circuit II - (08) (Preface) Will There Really Be a Morning? (J-0101) (F-0148)

(1) Will there really be a morning?  
Is there such a thing as day?
(2) Could I see it from the mountains  
If I were as tall as they?

(3) Has it feet like water-lilies?  
Has it feathers like a bird?
(4) Is it brought from famous countries  
Of which I have never heard?

(5) Oh, some scholar! Oh, some sailor!  
Oh, some wise man from the skies!
(6) Please to tell a little pilgrim  
Where the place called morning lies!

~ Emily Dickinson

Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters
(1-4) "A little purple — slipped between — some ruby trousers
hurried on — a wave of gold — a bank of day — this just
makes out the morning sky." ~ (J-0204) (F-0233)
(1-4) "A fresh morning of life with its impregnable chances . . ."
~ (L #756)
(1-6) "It is strange that the most intangible thing is
the most adhesive." ~ (L #515)
(1-6) "The inferential knowledge — the distinctest one." ~ (L #685)
(1-6) "And pilgrims! Do you hesitate?" ~ (L #203)
(1-6 Comparative) "Bring me the sunset in a cup, reckon the morning's flagons up,
and say how many dew; tell me how far the morning leaps, tell me what
time the weaver sleeps who spun the breadths of blue!" ~ (J-0128) (F-0140)
(1-6) "Of this is day composed — a morning and a noon, a revelry
unspeakable and then a gay unknown." ~ (J-1675) (F-1692)
(3-September) "Have the wild geese crossed - Did you save
the seed to the pond lily?" ~ (L #294)
(4-6) "Sunshine was a sweet place — I liked to stay." ~ (J-0425) (F-0640)
(5) "[G]reyhaired sinners are saved — simple maids
may be wise, who knoweth?" ~ (L #44)
(5-6) "I have seen the Sun emerge from his amazing house — and leave
Day at every door / a deed, in every place." ~ (J-0888) (F-1095)
(6) "A little boy ran away from Amherst a few days ago, and when asked
where he was going, relpied, 'Vermont or Asia.'" ~ (L #685)
(6) "I think the early spiritual influences about a child
are more hallowing than we know. The angel begins
in the morning in every human life." ~ (L #824)
(6) "So looking on — the night — the morn conclude the wonder gay —
And I meet, coming thro' the dews another summer's Day!"
~ (J-0122) (F-0104)
(1-6-compare "day/morning" with "enlightenment/nirvana")
"Is there such a place as Nirvana?"
"There is no such place as Nirvana, and yet it exists."

see "Buddhism; or, the Protestantism of the East"
James F. Clarke, Atlantic Monthly, 23 (1869): p.725.
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