Blazing in gold and quenching in purple

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Emily Dickinson began drafting this poem in 1862, and at least one of her early drafts have been lost. Newspaper editors added the title “Sunset.”

Blazing in Gold – and
Quenching – in Purple!
Leaping – like Leopards the sky –
Then – at the feet of the old Horizon –
Laying it's spotted face – to die!

Stooping as low as the kitchen window –
Touching the Roof –
And tinting the Barn –
Kissing it's Bonnet to the Meadow –
And the Juggler of Day – is gone!

Blazing in gold and quenching in purple
Printed in The Springfield Daily Republican, 30 March 1864
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