- 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: 107
Dickinson, E. (1896). Time and Eternity, Poem 27: The Chariot. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved October 25, 2014, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Time and Eternity, Poem 27: The Chariot." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. October 25, 2014.
Emily Dickinson, "Time and Eternity, Poem 27: The Chariot," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed October 25, 2014,.
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.
We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.
We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.
Since then 't is centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.