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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

XIII


THE SOUL selects her own society,
Then shuts the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude no more.
  
Unmoved, she notes the chariot’s pausing        5
At her low gate;
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat.
  
I ’ve known her from an ample nation
Choose one;        10
Then close the valves of her attention
Like stone.

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