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

Part One: Life

CXXX


WHAT soft, cherubic creatures
  These gentlewomen are!
One would as soon assault a plush
  Or violate a star.
  
Such dimity convictions,        5
  A horror so refined
Of freckled human nature,
  Of Deity ashamed,—
  
It’s such a common glory,
  A fisherman’s degree!        10
Redemption, brittle lady,
  Be so, ashamed of thee.

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