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

Part One: Life

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UPON the gallows hung a wretch,
  Too sullied for the hell
To which the law entitled him.
  As nature’s curtain fell
The one who bore him tottered in,        5
  For this was woman’s son.
“’T was all I had,” she stricken gasped;
  Oh, what a livid boon!

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