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

Part Three: Love

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OF all the souls that stand create
I have elected one.
When sense from spirit files away,
And subterfuge is done;
  
When that which is and that which was        5
Apart, intrinsic, stand,
And this brief tragedy of flesh
Is shifted like a sand;
  
When figures show their royal front
And mists are carved away,—        10
Behold the atom I preferred
To all the lists of clay!

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