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

Part Three: Love

XXII


I GAVE myself to him,
And took himself for pay.
The solemn contract of a life
Was ratified this way.
  
The wealth might disappoint,        5
Myself a poorer prove
Than this great purchaser suspect,
The daily own of Love
  
Depreciate the vision;
But, till the merchant buy,        10
Still fable, in the isles of spice,
The subtle cargoes lie.
  
At least, ’t is mutual risk,—
Some found it mutual gain;
Sweet debt of Life,—each night to owe,        15
Insolvent, every noon.

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