As Imperceptibly as grief

(1999)

"As Imperceptibly as grief" is the first song of André Previn's Three Dickinson Songs.

As imperceptibly as grief
by Emily Dickinson


As imperceptibly as grief\t
The summer lapsed away,—\t
Too imperceptible, at last,\t
To seem like perfidy.\t

A quietness distilled,\t
As twilight long begun,\t
Or Nature, spending with herself\t
Sequestered afternoon.\t

The dusk drew earlier in,\t
The morning foreign shone,—\t
A courteous, yet harrowing grace,\t
As guest who would be gone.\t

And thus, without a wing,\t
Or service of a keel,\t
Our summer made her light escape\t
Into the beautiful.\t


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