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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

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IF I may have it when it ’s dead
  I will contented be;
If just as soon as breath is out
  It shall belong to me,
  
Until they lock it in the grave,        5
  ’T is bliss I cannot weigh,
For though they lock thee in the grave,
  Myself can hold the key.
  
Think of it, lover! I and thee
  Permitted face to face to be;        10
After a life, a death we ’ll say,—
  For death was that, and this is thee.

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