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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

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THE DYING need but little, dear,—
  A glass of water’s all,
A flower’s unobtrusive face
  To punctuate the wall,
  
A fan, perhaps, a friend’s regret,        5
  And certainly that one
No color in the rainbow
  Perceives when you are gone.

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