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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part Two: Nature

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THE BAT is dun with wrinkled wings
  Like fallow article,
And not a song pervades his lips,
  Or none perceptible.
  
His small umbrella, quaintly halved,        5
  Describing in the air
An arc alike inscrutable,—
  Elate philosopher!
  
Deputed from what firmament
  Of what astute abode,        10
Empowered with what malevolence
  Auspiciously withheld.
  
To his adroit Creator
  Ascribe no less the praise;
Beneficent, believe me,        15
  His eccentricities.

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