Through lane it lay — through bramble —

(1990)

"Through lane it lay — through bramble —" is the second song in Leo Smit's song cycle Childe Emilie. Childe Emilie is the first of Smit's six song cycles setting the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

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Through lane it lay — through bramble — (poem 9)
by Emily Dickinson


Through lane it lay — through bramble —
Through clearing and through wood —
Banditti often passed us
Upon the lonely road.


The wolf came peering curious —
The owl looked puzzled down —
The serpent's satin figure
Glid stealthily along —


The tempests touched our garments —
The lightning's poinards gleamed —
Fierce from the Crag above us
The hungry Vulture screamed —


The satyr's fingers beckoned —
The valley murmured "Come" —
These were the mates —
This was the road
Those children fluttered home.


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