"One dignity delays for all"

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One dignity delays for all,
One mitred afternoon.
None can avoid this purple,
None evade this crown.

Coach it insures, and footmen,
Chamber and state and throng ;
Bells, also, in the village,
As we ride grand along.

What dignified attendants,
What service when we pause !
How loyally at parting
Their hundred hats they raise !

How pomp surpassing ermine,
When simple you and I
Present our meek escutcheon,
And claim the rank to die !


 
from Poems by Emily Dickinson (1890)

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