A little east of Jordan

by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

A little east of Jordan,
 Evangelists record,
 A gymnast and an angel
 Did wrestle long and hard,
 Till morning touching mountain —
 And Jacob, waxing strong,
 The Angel begged permission
 To breakfast to return.
 "Not so," said cunning Jacob!
"I will not let thee go
Except thou bless me" — Stranger!
The which acceded to,

Light swung the silver fleeces
"Peniel" hills beyond,
And the bewildered gymnast
Found he had worsted God!

Last updated May 12, 2023