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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

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THERE ’S something quieter than sleep
  Within this inner room!
It wears a sprig upon its breast,
  And will not tell its name.
  
Some touch it and some kiss it,        5
  Some chafe its idle hand;
It has a simple gravity
  I do not understand!
  
While simple-hearted neighbors
  Chat of the “early dead”,        10
We, prone to periphrasis,
  Remark that birds have fled!

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