Her breast is fit for pearls, | Affiliated Manuscripts

A 651 (Fr121A)

ca. 1859, summer

Pencil | Fair copy

On faintly blue-ruled FINE NOTE PAPER embossed (medallion)

Poem-message sent to Susan Gilbert Dickinson.




Her breast is fit for pearls,
But I was not a ′′Diver′′ –
Her brow is fit for thrones
But I have not a crest.
Her heart is fit for home
I – a Sparrow – build there
Sweet of twigs and twine
My perennial nest.

                    Emily –


Lucretia Gunn Dickinson Bullard (b. 1806–d. 1885)

Dickinson’s paternal aunt.

Inclusive dates of correspondence: 1864. Letters, 3; poems, 2.