Emily Dickinson

Tell as a Marksman – were forgotten

Tell as a Marksman – were forgotten Tell – this Day endures Ruddy as that coeval Apple The Tradition bears – Fresh as Mankind that humble story Though a statelier Tale Grown in the Repetition hoary Scarcely would prevail – Tell had a son – The ones that knew it Need not linger here – Those who did not to Human Nature Will subscribe a Tear – Tell would not bare his Head In Presence Of the Ducal Hat – Threatened for that with Death – by Gessler – Tyranny bethought Make of his only Boy a Target That surpasses Death – Stolid to Love’s supreme entreaty Not forsook of Faith – Mercy of the Almighty begging – Tell his Arrow sent – God it is said replies in Person When the cry is meant –

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