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Poem by Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

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Because that you are going
And never coming back
And I, however absolute,
May overlook your Track 

Because that Death is final,
However first it be,
This instant be suspended
Above Mortality 

Significance that each has lived
The other to detect
Discovery not God himself
Could now annihilate

Eternity, Presumption
The instant I perceive
That you, who were Existence
Yourself forgot to live 

The Life that is will then have been
A thing I never knew 
As Paradise fictitious
Until the Realm of you 

The Life that is to be, to me,
A Residence too plain
Unless in my Redeemers Face
I recognize your own 

Of Immortality who doubts
He may exchange with me
Curtailed by your obscuring Face
Of everything but He 

Of Heaven and Hell I also yield
The Right to reprehend
To whoso would commute this Face
For his less priceless Friend.

If God is Love as he admits
We think that me must be
Because he is a jealous God
He tells us certainly

If All is possible with him
As he besides concedes
He will refund us finally
Our confiscated Gods 

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson's other poems:
  1. The Wife
  2. Rouge Gagne
  3. The Book of Martyrs
  4. Whether My Bark Went Down at Sea
  5. Belshazzar Had a Letter

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