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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

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AS far from pity as complaint,
  As cool to speech as stone,
As numb to revelation
  As if my trade were bone.
  
As far from time as history,        5
  As near yourself to-day
As children to the rainbow’s scarf,
  Or sunset’s yellow play
  
To eyelids in the sepulchre.
  How still the dancer lies,        10
While color’s revelations break,
  And blaze the butterflies!

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