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Emily Dickinson

Perhaps one of the most tender-hearted of all writers of the poetic pen is Emily Dickinson, born in 1830 and dying in 1886. In just seven short lines comprising only 41 words, Dickinson's love and warmth for all creation pour forth in her poem, "Not in Vain."

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

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