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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

CXXIII


OUR lives are Swiss,—
So still, so cool,
  Till, some odd afternoon,
The Alps neglect their curtains,
  And we look farther on.        5
  
Italy stands the other side,
  While, like a guard between,
The solemn Alps,
The siren Alps,
  Forever intervene!   10

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