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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
536. Love
 
By Emily Dickinson
 
 
CHOICE

OF all the souls that stand create
I have elected one.
When sense from spirit files away,
And subterfuge is done;
 
When that which is and that which was        5
Apart, intrinsic, stand,
And this brief tragedy of flesh
Is shifted like a sand;
 
When figures show their royal front
And mists are carved away,—        10
Behold the atom I preferred
To all the lists of clay!
 
CONSTANT

ALTER? When the hills do.
Falter? When the sun
Question if his glory        15
Be the perfect one.
 
Surfeit? When the daffodil
Doth of the dew:
Even as herself, O friend!
I will of you!        20
 
HEART, WE WILL FORGET HIM

HEART, we will forget him!
  You and I, to-night!
You may forget the warmth he gave,
  I will forget the light.
 
When you have done, pray tell me,        25
  That I my thoughts may dim;
Haste! lest while you ’re lagging,
  I may remember him!
 

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