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

Part Four: Time and Eternity


TIE the strings to my life, my Lord,
  Then I am ready to go!
Just a look at the horses—
  Rapid! That will do!
Put me in on the firmest side,        5
  So I shall never fall;
For we must ride to the Judgment,
  And it ’s partly down hill.
But never I mind the bridges,
  And never I mind the sea;        10
Held fast in everlasting race
  By my own choice and thee.
Good-by to the life I used to live,
  And the world I used to know;
And kiss the hills for me, just once;        15
  Now I am ready to go!


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