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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

CXXVII


BEFORE the ice is in the pools,
  Before the skaters go,
Or any cheek at nightfall
  Is tarnished by the snow,
  
Before the fields have finished,        5
  Before the Christmas tree,
Wonder upon wonder
  Will arrive to me!
  
What we touch the hems of
  On a summer’s day;        10
What is only walking
  Just a bridge away;
  
That which sings so, speaks so,
  When there’s no one here,—
Will the frock I wept in        15
  Answer me to wear?

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