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

Part One: Life

LXXXVI


HOPE is a subtle glutton;
  He feeds upon the fair;
And yet, inspected closely,
  What abstinence is there!
  
His is the halcyon table        5
  That never seats but one,
And whatsoever is consumed
  The same amounts remain.

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