Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems

Part Two: Love 15. 'T was a long parting, but the time


'T was a long parting, but the time

For interview had come;

Before the judgment-seat of God,

The last and second time

These fleshless lovers met,

A heaven in a gaze,

A heaven of heavens, the privilege

Of one another's eyes.

No lifetime set on them,

Apparelled as the new

Unborn, except they had beheld,

Born everlasting now.

Was bridal e'er like this?

A paradise, the host,

And cherubim and seraphim

The most familiar guest.