Had I presumed to hope —
The loss had been to Me
A Value — for the Greatness’ Sake —
As Giants — gone away —

Had I presumed to gain
A Favor so remote —
The failure but confirm the Grace
In further Infinite —

‘Tis failure — not of Hope —
But Confident Despair —
Advancing on Celestial Lists —
With faint — Terrestial power —

‘Tis Honor — though I die —
For That no Man obtain
Till He be justified by Death —
This — is the Second Gain —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Had I presumed to hope —

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