A toad can die of light!

Original Text: 
Poems (1890-1896) by Emily Dickinson: A Facsimile Reproduction of the Original Volumes Issued in 1890, 1891, and 1896, with an Introduction by George Monteiro (Gainesville, Florida: Scholars' Facsimiles).
1A toad can die of light!
2Death is the common right
3    Of toads and men,--
4Of earl and midge
5The privilege.
6    Why swagger then?
8Is large as thine.


7] The existing manuscript version of poem 583, The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson, edited by R. W. Franklin in two volumes (Cambridge, Mass., and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1981: I, 301; fascicle 14; PS 1541 A1 1981 ROBA), splits the two lines after "is". Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.