Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

Through the strait pass of suffering


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Through the strait pass of suffering—
The Martyrs—even—trod.
Their feet—upon Temptations—
Their faces—upon God—

A stately—shriven—Company—
Con vulsion—playing round—
Harmless—as streaks of Meteor—
Upon a Planet's Bond—

Their faith—the everlasting troth—
Their Expectation—fair—
The Needle—to the North Degree—
Wades—so—thro' polar Air!

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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