What if I say I shall not wait!

(1978)

"What if I say I shall not wait!" is the ninth song of George Perle's Thirteen Dickinson Songs. For more information about this song cycle, please visit: Thirteen Dickinson Songs.

What if I say I shall not wait!
by Emily Dickinson


What if I say I shall not wait!
What if I burst the fleshly Gate —
And pass escaped — to thee!


What if I file this Mortal — off —
See where it hurt me — That's enough —
And wade in Liberty!


They cannot take me — any more!
Dungeons can call — and Guns implore
Unmeaning — now — to me —


As laughter — was — an hour ago —
Or Laces — or a Travelling Show —
Or who died — yesterday!


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