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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

XX


THE LAST night that she lived,
It was a common night,
Except the dying; this to us
Made nature different.
  
We noticed smallest things,—        5
Things overlooked before,
By this great light upon our minds
Italicized, as ’t were.
  
That others could exist
While she must finish quite,        10
A jealousy for her arose
So nearly infinite.
  
We waited while she passed;
It was a narrow time,
Too jostled were our souls to speak,        15
At length the notice came.
  
She mentioned, and forgot;
Then lightly as a reed
Bent to the water, shivered scarce,
Consented, and was dead.        20
  
And we, we placed the hair,
And drew the head erect;
And then an awful leisure was,
Our faith to regulate.

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