The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –
The speaker soon finds herself to be cold and under-dressed, uncomfortable.
Her gown made of gossamer (a fine fabric) and her scarf of tulle, sets up the assumption that the speaker has passed away in her sleep or has been dressed up for her burial.
There is also the possibility that this is not a night gown, but a wedding gown. After all, these are fine fabrics. This goes back to the idea of Death, personified as the suitor, taking his time to slowly get to sweep the speaker off her feet. The sun has passed them (passing of time) and the speaker is ready to marry Death, becoming one for eternity.
Notice also the alteration of “gossamer” with “gown” and “tippet” with “tulle”. These sounds are quite pleasing, inciting the image of happiness. The speaker is totally happy with the image of death, and the funeral that comes after it.
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