God made a little Gentian

by Emily Dickinson

God made a little Gentian -
It tried - to be a Rose -
And failed - and all the Summer laughed -
But just before the Snows

There came a Purple Creature -
That ravished all the Hill -
And Summer hid her forehead -
And Mockery - was still -

The Frosts were her condition -
The Tyrian would not come
Until the North - invoke it -
Creator - Shall I - bloom?

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