These are the days when Birds come back

(1978)

"These are the days when Birds come back" is the seventh song of George Perle's Thirteen Dickinson Songs. For more information about this song cycle, please visit: Thirteen Dickinson Songs.

These are the days when Birds come back
by Emily Dickinson


These are the days when Birds come back —
A very few — a Bird or two —
To take a backward look.


These are the days when skies resume
The old — old sophistries of June —
A blue and gold mistake.


Oh fraud that cannot cheat the Bee —
Almost thy plausibility
Induces my belief.


Till ranks of seeds their witness bear —
And softly thro' the altered air
Hurries a timid leaf.


Oh Sacrament of summer days,
Oh Last Communion in the Haze —
Permit a child to join.


Thy sacred emblems to partake —
They consecrated bread to take
And thine immortal wine!


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