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

Part One: Life

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PAIN has an element of blank;
It cannot recollect
When it began, or if there were
A day when it was not.
  
It has no future but itself,        5
Its infinite realms contain
Its past, enlightened to perceive
New periods of pain.

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