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

Part One: Life

XXXVII


FOR each ecstatic instant
We must an anguish pay
In keen and quivering ratio
To the ecstasy.
  
For each beloved hour        5
Sharp pittances of years,
Bitter contested farthings
And coffers heaped with tears.

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