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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

LXXVII


        I GAINED it so,
        By climbing slow,
By catching at the twigs that grow
Between the bliss and me.
        It hung so high,        5
        As well the sky
        Attempt by strategy.
  
I said I gained it,—
        This was all.
Look, how I clutch it,        10
        Lest it fall,
And I a pauper go;
Unfitted by an instant’s grace
For the contented beggar’s face
I wore an hour ago.   15

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