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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

XXII


THE BUSTLE in a house
The morning after death
Is solemnest of industries
Enacted upon earth,—
  
The sweeping up the heart,        5
And putting love away
We shall not want to use again
Until eternity.

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