As if I asked a common Alms

by Emily Dickinson


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As if I asked a common Alms,
And in my wondering hand
A Stranger pressed a Kingdom,
And I, bewildered, stand --
As if I asked the Orient
Had it for me a Morn --
And it should lift its purple Dikes,
And shatter me with Dawn!

-- from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Edited by Thomas H. Johnson

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