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On the bleakness of my lot

by Emily Dickinson, 1896

On the bleakness of my lot
  Bloom I strove to raise.
Late, my acre of a rock
  Yielded grape and maize.

Soil of flint if steadfast tilled
  Will reward the hand;
Seed of palm by Lybian sun
  Fructified in sand.

Published in Poems by Emily Dickinson: Third Series

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