The Whole of it came not at once —
‘Twas Murder by degrees —
A Thrust — and then for Life a chance —
The Bliss to cauterize —

The Cat reprieves the Mouse
She eases from her teeth
Just long enough for Hope to tease —
Then mashes it to death —

‘Tis Life’s award — to die —
Contenteder if once —
Than dying half — then rallying
For consciouser Eclipse —

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