poems sent from dickinson to higginson

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory

As he defeated-dying-
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

thomas johnson's note on poem 67 | index to dickinson poems sent to higginson

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