Katydid, Phaneroptera sp. nymph
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Circuit III - (19) Further in Summer than the Birds (J-1068) (F-0895)

(1) Further in summer than the birds,    
Pathetic from the grass,
(2) A minor nation celebrates   
Its unobtrusive mass.

(3) No ordinance be seen,  
So gradual the grace,
(4) A pensive custom it becomes,  
Enlarging loneliness.

(5) Antiquest felt at noon  
When August, burning low,
(6) Calls forth this spectral canticle,  
Repose to typify.

(7) Remit as yet no grace,  
No furrow on the glow,
(8) Yet a Druidic difference  
Enhances nature now.

(Below: an original manuscript version
without editing or imposed lineation.)

(1) Further in Summer  
than the Birds
Pathetic from the
(2) A minor Nation  
Its unobtrusive

No Ordinance be  
So gradual the
(4) A pensive Custom  
it becomes
Enlarging Loneliness.

Antiquest felt at  
When August
burning low
(6) Arise this spectral
Repose to typify

Remit as yet  
no Grace
No Furrow on the
(8) Yet a Druidic  
Enhances Nature

~ Emily Dickinson

Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters
(1-2) "Autumn is among us, though almost unperceived — and the cricket
sings in the morning, now, a most pathetic conduct." ~ (L #936)
(1-2) "Their names, unless you know them, 'twere useless tell.
Of bumble-bees and other nations the grass is full." ~ (J-1746) (F-1764)
(1-8) "You have experienced sanctity. . . . Of life to own — from life
to draw — but never touch the reservoir."
~ (L #413) (J-1294) (F-1327)
(3-8) "Beauty is nature's fact — but witness for her land, and witness
for her sea, the cricket is her utmost of elegy to me."
~ (J-1068-alternative) (F-0895)
(3-8) "Summer folds her miracle as women do their gown, of priests
adjust the symbols when sacrament is done." ~ (J-0321) (F-0374)
(5) (antiquest) "Mary strokes the sunshine and coaxes it along,
and drives the shadows home — much like a 'honie bee' she seems,
among more antique insects." ~ (L #170)
(5-6) "If bird the silence contradict or flower presume to show in that
low summer of the west impossible to know." ~ (J-1650) (F-1741)
(5-8-early September) "Are the apples ripe? Have the wild geese
crossed? And did you save the seed of the pond-lily?" ~ (L #294)
(1-8) September's baccalaureate
A combination is
Of crickets, crows, and retrospects,
And a dissembling breeze

That hints without assuming,
An innuendo sere
That makes the heart put up its fun
And turn philosopher.
~ (J-1271) (F-1313)
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Photo Credit: earlywomenmasters.net ~ Katydid (cricket-like sounds
in autumn), nymph, (Phaneroptera sp.) on Hydrangea