- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 91
Dickinson, E. (1896). Nature, Poem 22: A Day. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 28, 2023, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Nature, Poem 22: A Day." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. January 28, 2023.
Emily Dickinson, "Nature, Poem 22: A Day," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed January 28, 2023,.
I'll tell you how the sun rose, —
A ribbon at a time.
The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
"That must have been the sun!"
* * *
But how he set, I know not.
There seemed a purple stile
Which little yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while
Till when they reached the other side,
A dominie in gray
Put gently up the evening bars,
And led the flock away.