While we were fearing it, it came —
But came with less of fear
Because that fearing it so long
Had almost made it fair —

There is a Fitting — a Dismay —
A Fitting — a Despair
‘Tis harder knowing it is Due
Than knowing it is Here.

The Trying on the Utmost
The Morning it is new
Is Terribler than wearing it
A whole existence through.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem While we were fearing it, it came —


  1. Sarah Henry says:

    I think that there is a typographical error in line 9. I believe the first word of the line should be “The.”

    • American Poems says:

      I believe you are right Sarah, thanks for pointing it out. I have changed the word “They” to “The” in line 9, that makes much more sense.

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