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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

CIII


IMMORTAL is an ample word
  When what we need is by,
But when it leaves us for a time,
  ’T is a necessity.
  
Of heaven above the firmest proof        5
  We fundamental know,
Except for its marauding hand,
  It had been heaven below.

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