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

Part Five: The Single Hound

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DUST is the only secret,
Death the only one
You cannot find out all about
In his native town:
Nobody knew his father,        5
Never was a boy,
Hadn’t any playmates
Or early history.
Industrious, laconic,
Punctual, sedate,        10
Bolder than a Brigand,
Swifter than a Fleet,
Builds like a bird too,
Christ robs the next—
Robin after robin        15
Smuggled to rest!

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