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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

XII


I LIKE a look of agony,
Because I know it ’s true;
Men do not sham convulsion,
Nor simulate a throe.
  
The eyes glaze once, and that is death.        5
Impossible to feign
The beads upon the forehead
By homely anguish strung.

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