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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

LII


AS by the dead we love to sit,
Become so wondrous dear,
As for the lost we grapple,
Though all the rest are here,—
  
In broken mathematics        5
We estimate our prize,
Vast, in its fading ratio,
To our penurious eyes!

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