It troubled me as once I was —

(1990)

"It troubled me as once I was —" is the third song in Leo Smit's song cycle Childe Emilie. Childe Emilie is the first of Smit's six song cycles setting the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

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It troubled me as once I was — (poem 600)
by Emily Dickinson


It troubled me as once I was —
For I was once a Child —
Concluding how an Atom — fell —
And yet the Heavens — held —


The Heavens weighed the most — by far —
Yet Blue — and solid — stood —
Without a Bolt — that I could prove —
Would Giants — understand?


Life set me larger — problems —
Some I shall keep — to solve
Till Algebra is easier —
Or simpler proved — above —


Then — too — be comprehended —
What sorer — puzzled me —
Why Heaven did not break away —
And tumble — Blue — on me —


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