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

Part Two: Nature

III


AT half-past three a single bird
Unto a silent sky
Propounded but a single term
Of cautious melody.
  
At half-past four, experiment        5
Had subjugated test,
And lo! her silver principle
Supplanted all the rest.
  
At half-past seven, element
Nor implement was seen,        10
And place was where the presence was,
Circumference between.

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