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    100: A science – so the Savants say,


    A science – so the Savants say, 
    "Comparative Anatomy" – 
    By which single bone – 
    Is made a secret to unfold 
    Of some rare tenant of the mold, 
    Else perished in the stone – 

    So to the eye prospective led, 
    This meekest flower of the mead 
    Upon a winter's day, 
    Stands representative in gold 
    Of Rose and Lily, manifold, 
    And countless Butterfly!

    c. 1859                                                    1929

    by Emily Dickinson
    from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson 
    edited by Thomas H. Johnson