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    Emily Dickinson - After Great Pain

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    Emily Dickinson - After Great Pain - Stanzas 1 & 3 - From the 2010 film Becoming Emily - Starring Nicola Howard as Dickinson.

    After Great Pain
    by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

    After great pain, a formal feeling comes —
    The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs —
    The stiff Heart questions was it He, that bore,
    And Yesterday, or Centuries before?

    The Feet, mechanical, go round —
    Of Ground, or Air, or Ought —
    A Wooden way
    Regardless grown,
    A Quartz contentment, like a stone —

    This is the Hour of Lead —
    Remembered, if outlived,
    As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow —
    First — Chill — then Stupor — then the letting go —