Emily Dickinson

Dec. 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886

 

Success

by Emily Dickinson

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 to-day
Can tell the definition,
So clear, of victory,

As he, defeated, dying,
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Break, agonized and clear.

Posttext: Published in A Masque of Poets at the request of H. H., the author's fellow-townswoman and friend.

Source:

Poems
Copyright 1890
Little, Brown, And Company, Boston
 
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