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

Part Five: The Single Hound

CXIII


THE LUXURY to apprehend
The luxury ’t would be
To look at thee a single time,
An Epicure of me,
In whatsoever Presence, makes,        5
Till, for a further food
I scarcely recollect to starve,
So first am I supplied.
The luxury to meditate
The luxury it was        10
To banquet on thy Countenance,
A sumptuousness bestows
On plainer days,
Whose table, far as
Certainty can see,        15
Is laden with a single crumb—
The consciousness of Thee.

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