“When they come back” by Emily Dickinson

When they come back — if Blossoms do —
I always feel a doubt
If Blossoms can be born again
When once the Art is out —

When they begin, if Robins may,
I always had a fear
I did not tell, it was their last Experiment
Last Year,

When it is May, if May return,
Had nobody a pang
Lest in a Face so beautiful
He might not look again?

If I am there — One does not know
What Party — One may be
Tomorrow, but if I am there
I take back all I say —

from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Copyright 1976 by Little, Brown and Company

Video: Song setting by Aaron Copland, sung by Sanford Sylvan with David Kreitman on piano.

Copland wrote this song before the publication of the Thomas H. Johnson edition, the first to offer Emily Dickinson’s poems with correct texts. Copland’s version therefore is somewhat different from what Dickinson actually wrote.



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One thought on ““When they come back” by Emily Dickinson

  1. Brian Dean Powers

    For me, Copland’s song setting makes the poem even better. Sadly, we lost Sanford Sylvan a few years ago.


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