Emily Dickinson

10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts

If I Should Cease To Bring A Rose

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If I should cease to bring a Rose
Upon a festal day,
'Twill be because beyond the Rose
I have been called away—

If I should cease to take the names
My buds commemorate—
'Twill be because Death's finger
Claps my murmuring lip!
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