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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

XXXIII


WHEN I was small, a woman died.
To-day her only boy
Went up from the Potomac,
His face all victory,
  
To look at her; how slowly        5
The seasons must have turned
Till bullets clipt an angle,
And he passed quickly round!
  
If pride shall be in Paradise
I never can decide;        10
Of their imperial conduct,
No person testified.
  
But proud in apparition,
That woman and her boy
Pass back and forth before my brain,        15
As ever in the sky.

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