The Rose Did Caper on Her Cheek

"The Rose Did Caper on Her Cheek" is the second song in John Duke's song grouping Four Poems by Emily Dickinson.

Composer: John Woods DukeText: Emily DickinsonSong Collection: Four Poems by Emily Dickinson

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The Rose Did Caper on Her Cheek (poem 208)
by Emily Dickinson

The Rose did caper on her cheek —
Her Bodice rose and fell —
Her pretty speech — like drunken men —
Did stagger pitiful —

Her fingers fumbled at her work —
Her needle would not go —
What ailed so smart a little Maid —
It puzzled me to know —

Till opposite — I spied a cheek
That bore another Rose —
Just opposite — Another speech
That like the Drunkard goes —

A Vest that like her Bodice, danced —
To the immortal tune —
Till those two troubled — little Clocks
Ticked softly into one.

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Songs, Vol. 1 (WorldCat)

Composer(s): John Duke

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