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 September 05, 2017