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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

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SUPERFLUOUS were the sun
  When excellence is dead;
He were superfluous every day,
  For every day is said
  
That syllable whose faith        5
  Just saves it from despair,
And whose “I ’ll meet you” hesitates—
  If love inquire, “Where?”
  
Upon his dateless fame
  Our periods may lie,        10
As stars that drop anonymous
  From an abundant sky.

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