Emily Dickinson And Buttercups

The Butterfly’s Assumption Gown
In Chrysoprase Apartments hung
This Afternoon put on-

How condescending to descend
And be of Buttercups the friend
In a New England Town-

Emily Dickinson (1329B)

“I send you inland buttercups as out-door flowers are at sea.” Emily Dickinson
(Mid-April 1875, ED to Mrs. Edward Tuckerman)

“When it shall come my turn to be buried, I want a Buttercups—Doubtless the Grass will give me one, for does she not revere the Whims of her flitting children?”

“The grass of the lawn was full of buttercups and violet & wild geranium.” Thomas Wentworth Higginson writing about Emily Dickinson’s funeral, May 19, 1886:

A Children’s Poem by Mary Howitt: Buttercups and Daisies

Buttercups and Daisies
by Mary Howitt

Buttercups and daisies-
Oh the pretty flowers,
Coming ere the springtime
To tell of sunny hours.
While the trees are leafless,
While the fields are bare,
Buttercups and daisies
Spring up here and there.

Ere the snowdrop peepeth,
Ere the croscus bold,
Ere the early primrose
Opes its paly gold,
Somewhere on a sunny bank
Buttercups are bright;
Somewhere ‘mong the frozen grass
Peeps the daisy white.

Little hardy flowers
Like to children poor,
Playing in their sturdy health
By their mother’s door:
Purple with the north wind,
Yet alert and bold;
Fearing not and caring not,
Though they be a-cold.

What to them is weather!
What are stormy showers!
Buttercups and daisies
Are these human flowers!
He who gave them hardship
And a life of care,
Gave them likewise hardy strength,
And patient hearts, to bear.

Welcome yellow buttercups,
Welcome daisies white,
Ye are in my spirit
Visioned, a delight!
Coming ere the springtime
Of sunny hours to tell-
Speaking to our hearts of Him
Who doeth all things well.

2 responses to “Emily Dickinson And Buttercups

  1. In a sad way, it’s touching that there were buttercups blooming at her funeral, just as Dickinson had wished. As thought Nature, or some essence, granted her this beautiful, simple wish.

  2. emilydickinsonsgarden

    I agree–it’s a beautiful tribute to what she was about.

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