Posted by: Tom Triumph | December 1, 2009

63. They Say That Time Assuages: Emily Dickinson

My class is starting a new unit, and as such we are laying out our calendar for the next four weeks. Before we do, I wanted them to think about time. My wife had thought “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant, while I favored “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick. I did not like the former, and the latter does not quite fit.

So, I dug this out.

They Say That Time Assuagues
Emily Dickinson

They say that “Time assuages” —
Time never did assuage —
An actual suffering strengthens
As Sinews do, with age —

Time is a Test of Trouble —
But not a Remedy —
If such it prove, it prove too
There was no Malady —

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