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

Part One: Life

CXIV


FATE slew him, but he did not drop;
  She felled—he did not fall—
Impaled him on her fiercest stakes—
  He neutralized them all.
  
She stung him, sapped his firm advance,        5
  But, when her worst was done,
And he, unmoved, regarded her,
  Acknowledged him a man.

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