- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 41
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 19: The Mystery of Pain. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved November 23, 2014, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 19: The Mystery of Pain." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. November 23, 2014.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 19: The Mystery of Pain," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed November 23, 2014,.
Pain has an element of blank;
It cannot recollect
When it began, or if there were
A day when it was not.
It has no future but itself,
Its infinite realms contain
Its past, enlightened to perceive
New periods of pain.