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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

XLVII


I READ my sentence steadily,
Reviewed it with my eyes,
To see that I made no mistake
In its extremest clause,—
  
The date, and manner of the shame;        5
And then the pious form
That “God have mercy” on the soul
The jury voted him.
  
I made my soul familiar
With her extremity,        10
That at the last it should not be
A novel agony,
  
But she and Death, acquainted,
Meet tranquilly as friends,
Salute and pass without a hint—        15
And there the matter ends.

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