Within my Garden, rides a Bird

(1990)

"Within my Garden, rides a Bird" is the tenth song in Leo Smit's song cycle The Celestial Thrush. The Celestial Thrush is the second of Smit's six song cycles setting the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

For more information about Leo Smit's Emily Dickinson song cycles, please visit the pages for The Ecstatic Pilgrimage and Leo Smit.

For inquiries about Leo Smit and to obtain sheet music, please contact Nils Vigeland at [email protected]

Within my Garden, rides a Bird (poem 500)
by Emily Dickinson


Within my Garden, rides a Bird
Upon a single Wheel —
Whose spokes a dizzy Music make
As 'twere a travelling Mill —


He never stops, but slackens
Above the Ripest Rose —
Partakes without alighting
And praises as he goes,


Till every spice is tasted —
And then his Fairy Gig
Reels in remoter atmospheres —
And I rejoin my Dog,


And He and I, perplex us
If positive, 'twere we —
Or bore the Garden in the Brain
This Curiosity —


But He, the best Logician,
Refers my clumsy eye —
To just vibrating Blossoms!
An Exquisite Reply!


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