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

Part Two: Nature

XLV


AS imperceptibly as grief
The summer lapsed away,—
Too imperceptible, at last,
To seem like perfidy.
  
A quietness distilled,        5
As twilight long begun,
Or Nature, spending with herself
Sequestered afternoon.
  
The dusk drew earlier in,
The morning foreign shone,—        10
A courteous, yet harrowing grace,
As guest who would be gone.
  
And thus, without a wing,
Or service of a keel,
Our summer made her light escape        15
Into the beautiful.

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