Emily Dickinson

10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts

It Knew No Lapse, Nor Diminuation

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It knew no lapse, nor Diminuation—
But large—serene—
Burned on—until through Dissolution—
It failed from Men—

I could not deem these Planetary forces
Annulled—
But suffered an Exchange of Territory—
Or World—
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