- 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: 71
Dickinson, E. (1896). Nature, Poem 45. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved September 14, 2014, from
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Emily Dickinson, "Nature, Poem 45," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed September 14, 2014,.
As imperceptibly as grief
The summer lapsed away, —
Too imperceptible, at last,
To seem like perfidy.
A quietness distilled,
As twilight long begun,
Or Nature, spending with herself
The dusk drew earlier in,
The morning foreign shone, —
A courteous, yet harrowing grace,
As guest who would be gone.
And thus, without a wing,
Or service of a keel,
Our summer made her light escape
Into the beautiful.