Soul, take thy risk


From 1840 until 1855, the Dickinson family lived in a house that overlooked the Amherst cemetery. She wrote this fragment on the back of a tiny sketch of a gravestone; it was first published in 1945.

Soul, take thy risk,
With Death to be
Were better than be not with thee

Soul, take thy risk
Poem, ca. 1867
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