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

Part One: Life

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A SHADY friend for torrid days
Is easier to find
Than one of higher temperature
For frigid hour of mind.
  
The vane a little to the east        5
Scares muslin souls away;
If broadcloth breasts are firmer
Than those of organdy,
  
Who is to blame? The weaver?
Ah! the bewildering thread!        10
The tapestries of paradise
So notelessly are made!

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