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

Part Five: The Single Hound

XXVI


THE PROPS assist the house
Until the house is built,
And then the props withdraw—
And adequate, erect,
The house supports itself;        5
Ceasing to recollect
The auger and the carpenter.
Just such a retrospect
Hath the perfected life,
A past of plank and nail,        10
And slowness,—then the scaffolds drop—
Affirming it a soul.

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