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4.25.4: 355 (It was not Death, for I stood up)

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    It was not Death, for I stood up,
    And all the Dead, lie down —
    It was not Night, for all the Bells
    Put out their Tongues, for Noon.

    It was not Frost, for on my Flesh
    I felt Siroccos — crawl —
    Nor Fire — for just my Marble feet
    Could keep a Chancel, cool —

    And yet, it tasted, like them all,
    The Figures I have seen
    Set orderly, for Burial,
    Reminded me, of mine —

    As if my life were shaven,
    And fitted to a frame,
    And could not breathe without a key,
    And ‘twas like Midnight, some -

    When everything that ticked — has stopped —
    And Space stares all around —
    Or Grisly frosts — first Autumn morns,
    Repeal the Beating Ground —

    But, most, like Chaos —Stopless — cool —
    Without a Chance, or Spar —
    Or even a Report of Land —
    To justify — Despair.


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