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There is a shame of nobleness

by Emily Dickinson, 1891

There is a shame of nobleness
Confronting sudden pelf, —
A finer shame of ecstasy
Convicted of itself.

A best disgrace a brave man feels,
Acknowledged of the brave, —
One more "Ye Blessed" to be told;
But this involves the grave.

Published in Poems by Emily Dickinson: Second Series

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