A loss of something ever felt I —

(1990)

"A loss of something ever felt I —" is the eleventh 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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A loss of something ever felt I — (poem 959)
by Emily Dickinson


A loss of something ever felt I —
The first that I could recollect
Bereft I was — of what I knew not
Too young that any should suspect


A Mourner walked among the children
I notwithstanding went about
As one bemoaning a Dominion
Itself the only Prince cast out —


Elder, Today, a session wiser
And fainter, too, as Wiseness is —
I find myself still softly searching
For my Delinquent Palaces —


And a Suspicion, like a Finger
Touches my Forehead now and then
That I am looking oppositely
For the site of the Kingdom of Heaven —


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