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1The heart asks pleasure first,
2And then, excuse from pain;
4That deaden suffering;
5And then, to go to sleep;
6And then, if it should be
7The will of its Inquisitor,


3] anodynes: pain-killing drugs Back to Line
8] liberty: the existing manuscript version, poem 536, reads "privilege" (The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson, edited by R. W. Franklin in two volumes (Cambridge, Mass., and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1981: I, 586; fascicle 25; PS 1541 A1 1981 ROBA). Back to Line