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

Part One: Life

CXXXI


WHO never wanted,—maddest joy
  Remains to him unknown;
The banquet of abstemiousness
  Surpasses that of wine.
  
Within its hope, though yet ungrasped        5
  Desire’s perfect goal,
No nearer, lest reality
  Should disenthrall thy soul.

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