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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

XXXIX


I SHALL know why, when time is over,
And I have ceased to wonder why;
Christ will explain each separate anguish
In the fair schoolroom of the sky.
  
He will tell me what Peter promised,        5
And I, for wonder at his woe,
I shall forget the drop of anguish
That scalds me now, that scalds me now.

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