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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

CXXV


IF tolling bell I ask the cause.
  “A soul has gone to God,”
I ’m answered in a lonesome tone;
  Is heaven then so sad?
  
That bells should joyful ring to tell        5
  A soul had gone to heaven,
Would seem to me the proper way
  A good news should be given.

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