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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

LX


I HAD no cause to be awake,
My best was gone to sleep,
And morn a new politeness took
And failed to wake them up,
  
But called the others clear,        5
And passed their curtains by.
Sweet morning, when I over-sleep,
Knock, recollect, for me!
  
I looked at sunrise once,
And then I looked at them,        10
And wishfulness in me arose
For circumstance the same.
  
’T was such an ample peace,
It could not hold a sigh,—
’T was Sabbath with the bells divorced,        15
’T was sunset all the day.
  
So choosing but a gown
And taking but a prayer,
The only raiment I should need,
I struggled, and was there.        20

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