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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

XXVII


BECAUSE I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.
  
We slowly drove, he knew no haste,        5
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.
  
We passed the school where children played
At wrestling in a ring;        10
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.
  
We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,        15
The cornice but a mound.
  
Since then ’t is centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.        20

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