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

Part Five: The Single Hound

XXXI


THE FUTURE never spoke,
Nor will he, like the Dumb,
Reveal by sign or syllable
Of his profound To-come.
But when the news be ripe,        5
Presents it in the Act—
Forestalling preparation
Escape or substitute.
Indifferent to him
The Dower as the Doom,        10
His office but to execute
Fate’s Telegram to him.

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