A Wind Like a Bugle

(1944)

"A Wind Like a Bugle," a poem also set by Aaron Copland in his song cycle Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, can be found in the Ernst Bacon song collection Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature Time and Space - Volume 2.

A Wind Like a Bugle

by Emily Dickinson


There came a wind like a bugle,
It quivered through the grass,
And a green chill upon the heat
So ominous did pass


We barred the window and the doors
As from an emerald ghost
The doom's electric moccasin
That very instant passed.


On a strange mob of planting trees,
And fences fled away,
And rivers where the houses ran
The living looked that day,


The bell within the steeple wild,
The flying tidings whirled.
How much can come and much can go,
And yet abide the world!


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