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My River runs to thee by Emily Dickinson


"My River runs to thee" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. In it, the river is running towards the sea bearing gifts. She's asking if the sea will welcome her and she awaits its reply. She's practically begging the sea to take her with "Take me!".

Knowing Dickinson's religiousness, longing for death, and her love life, it is hard to decipher the true meaning of this poem. Is she begging God to take her when she dies? Or is she begging her lover to take her?

Johnson number: 1732


My River runs to thee

My River runs to thee.
Blue sea, wilt thou welcome me?
My river awaits reply.
Oh! Sea, look graciously.

I'll fetch thee brooks
From spotted nooks.
Say, sea,
Take me!

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19th Century