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

Part Three: Love

LII


HE touched me, so I live to know
That such a day, permitted so,
  I groped upon his breast.
It was a boundless place to me,
And silenced, as the awful sea        5
  Puts minor streams to rest.
  
And now, I ’m different from before,
As if I breathed superior air,
  Or brushed a royal gown;
My feet, too, that had wandered so,        10
My gypsy face transfigured now
  To tenderer renown.

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