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

Part One: Life

LXIX


REMORSE is memory awake,
Her companies astir,—
A presence of departed acts
At window and at door.
  
Its past set down before the soul,        5
And lighted with a match,
Perusal to facilitate
Of its condensed despatch.
  
Remorse is cureless,—the disease
Not even God can heal;        10
For ’t is His institution,—
The complement of hell.

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