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

Part Four: Time and Eternity


THEIR height in heaven comforts not,
Their glory nought to me;
’T was best imperfect, as it was;
I ’m finite, I can’t see.
The house of supposition,        5
The glimmering frontier
That skirts the acres of perhaps,
To me shows insecure.
The wealth I had contented me;
If ’t was a meaner size,        10
Then I had counted it until
It pleased my narrow eyes
Better than larger values,
However true their show;
This timid life of evidence        15
Keeps pleading, “I don’t know.”


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