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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

LXVII


IF I should die,
And you should live,
And time should gurgle on,
And morn should beam,
And noon should burn,        5
As it has usual done;
If birds should build as early,
And bees as bustling go,—
One might depart at option
From enterprise below!        10
’T is sweet to know that stocks will stand
When we with daisies lie,
That commerce will continue,
And trades as briskly fly.
It makes the parting tranquil        15
And keeps the soul serene,
That gentlemen so sprightly
Conduct the pleasing scene!

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