Emily Dickinson

I Should Not Dare To Leave My Friend

poem 205

I should not dare to leave my friend, Because because if he should die While I was gone and I too late Should reach the Heart that wanted me If I should disappoint the eyes That hunted hunted so to see And could not bear to shut until They noticed me they noticed me If I should stab the patient faith So sure I’d come so sure I’d come It listening listening went to sleep Telling my tardy name My Heart would wish it broke before Since breaking then since breaking then Were useless as next morning’s sun Where midnight frosts had lain!

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