Emily Dickinson

The Malay took The Pearl

poem 452

The Malay took the Pearl Not I the Earl I feared the Sea too much Unsanctified to touch Praying that I might be Worthy the Destiny The Swarthy fellow swam And bore my Jewel Home Home to the Hut! What lot Had I the Jewel got Borne on a Dusky Breasty I had not deemed a Vest Of Amber fit The Negro never knew I wooed it too To gain, or be undone Alike to Him One

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