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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

CXXXVII


A TOAD can die of light!
Death is the common right
  Of toads and men,—
Of earl and midge
The privilege.        5
  Why swagger then?
The gnat’s supremacy
Is large as thine.

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