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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

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THERE is a shame of nobleness
Confronting sudden pelf,—
A finer shame of ecstasy
Convicted of itself.
  
A best disgrace a brave man feels,        5
Acknowledged of the brave,—
One more “Ye Blessed” to be told;
But this involves the grave.

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