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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

XXX


EXCEPT to heaven, she is nought;
Except for angels, lone;
Except to some wide-wandering bee,
A flower superfluous blown;
  
Except for winds, provincial;        5
Except by butterflies,
Unnoticed as a single dew
That on the acre lies.
  
The smallest housewife in the grass,
Yet take her from the lawn,        10
And somebody has lost the face
That made existence home!

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