Emily Dickinson

He Gave Away His Life

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He gave away his Life To Us Gigantic Sum A trifle in his own esteem But magnified by Fame Until it burst the Hearts That fancied they could hold When swift it slipped its limit And on the Heavens unrolled ‘Tis Ours to wince and weep And wonder and decay By Blossoms gradual process He chose Maturity And quickening as we sowed Just obviated Bud And when We turned to note the Growth Broke perfect from the Pod

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