- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 139
Dickinson, E. (1896). Nature, Poem 42: Problems. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved September 26, 2016, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Nature, Poem 42: Problems." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. September 26, 2016.
Emily Dickinson, "Nature, Poem 42: Problems," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed September 26, 2016,.
Bring me the sunset in a cup,
Reckon the morning's flagons up,
And say how many dew;
Tell me how far the morning leaps,
Tell me what time the weaver sleeps
Who spun the breadths of blue!
Write me how many notes there be
In the new robin's ecstasy
Among astonished boughs;
How many trips the tortoise makes,
How many cups the bee partakes, —
The debauchee of dews!
Also, who laid the rainbow's piers,
Also, who leads the docile spheres
By withes of supple blue?
Whose fingers string the stalactite,
Who counts the wampum of the night,
To see that none is due?
Who built this little Alban house
And shut the windows down so close
My spirit cannot see?
Who 'll let me out some gala day,
With implements to fly away,