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

Part Five: The Single Hound

XXVIII


OF Death the sharpest function,
That, just as we discern,
The Excellence defies us;
Securest gathered then
The fruit perverse to plucking,        5
But leaning to the sight
With the ecstatic limit
Of unobtained Delight.

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