If I can stop one heart from breaking,

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



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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"If I can stop one heart from breaking" is a short poem by Emily Dickinson that emphasizes the importance of compassion and kindness in a world full of suffering.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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