Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

Read—Sweet—how others—strove


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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 the faithful witness—
Till we—are helped—
As if a Kingdom—cared!

Read then—of faith—
That shone above the fagot—
Clear strains of Hymn
The River could not drown—
Brave names of Men—
And Celestial Women—
Passed out—of Record
Into—Renown!

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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