Emily Dickinson: Success is Counted Sweetest

EmilyDickinson-drawing

Drawing of Dickinson done from a painting made when she was nine (Public Domain, via Wiki Commons)

 

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


Burst agonized and clear!

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