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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

LXV


ESSENTIAL oils are wrung:
The attar from the rose
Is not expressed by suns alone,
It is the gift of screws.
  
The general rose decays;        5
But this, in lady’s drawer,
Makes summer when the lady lies
In ceaseless rosemary.

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