Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

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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.


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Transcription and commentary copyright 1996 by Martha Nell Smith, all rights reserved
Last updated on June 22, 1998
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