Emily Dickinson

10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts

As If I Asked A Common Alms

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As if I asked a common Alms,
And in my wondering hand
A Stranger pressed a Kingdom,
And I, bewildered, stand—
As if I asked the Orient
Had it for me a Morn—
And it should lift its purple Dikes,
And shatter me with Dawn!
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