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Each that we lose takes part of us;
A crescent still abides,
Which like the moon, some turbid night,
Is summoned by the tides.
Emily Dickinson

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The missing portion of the quote is "loved one." When we lose someone we love, a portion (the "crescent") remains. She extends the analogy by comparing the pangs of grief, which never quite subside, with the tidal pull of the moon on a cloudy night.

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