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

Part One: Life

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READ, sweet, how others strove,
Till we are stouter;
What they renounced,
Till we are less afraid;
How many times they bore        5
The faithful witness,
Till we are helped,
As if a kingdom cared!
  
Read then of faith
That shone above the fagot;        10
Clear strains of hymn
The river could not drown;
Brave names of men
And celestial women,
Passed out of record        15
Into renown!

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