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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

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I BREATHED enough to learn the trick,
  And now, removed from air,
I simulate the breath so well,
  That one, to be quite sure
  
The lungs are stirless, must descend        5
  Among the cunning cells,
And touch the pantomime himself.
  How cool the bellows feels!

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