Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE CHARIOT, by EMILY DICKINSON



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First Line: Because I could not stop for death, / he kindly stopped for me
Last Line: Were toward eternity--
Subject(s): Death; Future Life; Holidays; Immortality; Mortality; Mourning; New Year; Religion; Dead, The; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Bereavement; Theology


Because I could not stop for Death--
He kindly stopped for me--
The Carriage held but just Ourselves--
And Immortality.
We slowly drove - He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility--
We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess - in the Ring--
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain--
We passed the Setting Sun--
Or rather - He passed Us--
The Dews drew quivering and chill--
For only Gossamer, my Gown--
My Tippet - only Tulle--
We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground--
The Roof was scarcely visible--
The Cornice - in the Ground--
Since then - 'tis Centuries - and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity--




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