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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

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A LONG, long sleep, a famous sleep
  That makes no show for dawn
By stretch of limb or stir of lid,—
  An independent one.
  
Was ever idleness like this?        5
  Within a hut of stone
To bask the centuries away
  Nor once look up for noon?

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