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

Part One: Life

IX


THE HEART asks pleasure first,
And then, excuse from pain;
And then, those little anodynes
That deaden suffering;
  
And then, to go to sleep;        5
And then, if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor,
The liberty to die.

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