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Saturday Poems

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  1. Saturday Afternoon by Emily Dickinson
  2. A Picture by William Osborn Stoddard

  1. Saturday Afternoon

    by Emily Dickinson

    From all the jails the boys and girls
    Ecstatically leap, —
    Beloved, only afternoon
    That prison doesn't keep.

    They storm the earth and stun the air,
    A mob of solid bliss.
    Alas! that frowns could lie in wait
    For such a foe as this!

  2. A Picture

    by William Osborn Stoddard

    Saturday night: the sun is going down;
    The purple light glows on the river’s breast,
    Far in the east the dull clouds watch and frown,
    Jealous of all the glory in the west;

    The listless trees lean out along the shore
    To watch their shadows lengthen down the tide;
    And, far above us, slowly floating o’er,
    The weary birds on homeward pinions glide.

    The steamer, on the sand-bar fast asleep,
    Tired with the week’s long labor, heavily lies;
    Longer and longer still the shadows creep,
    And evening mists from out the distance rise.

    All things in peace and patience seem to wait,
    As if in faith that, when the morning came,
    The sun would once more light his golden gate
    With all the glory of his entering flame.

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