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

Part One: Life

CXXVIII


THE PAST is such a curious creature,
  To look her in the face
A transport may reward us,
  Or a disgrace.
  
Unarmed if any meet her,        5
  I charge him, fly!
Her rusty ammunition
  Might yet reply!

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