- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 113
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 4: Rouge Gagne. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved April 21, 2015, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 4: Rouge Gagne." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. April 21, 2015.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 4: Rouge Gagne," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed April 21, 2015,.
'T is so much joy! 'T is so much joy!
If I should fail, what poverty!
And yet, as poor as I
Have ventured all upon a throw;
Have gained! Yes! Hesitated so
This side the victory!
Life is but life, and death but death!
Bliss is but bliss, and breath but breath!
And if, indeed, I fail,
At least to know the worst is sweet.
Defeat means nothing but defeat,
No drearier can prevail!
And if I gain, — oh, gun at sea,
Oh, bells that in the steeples be,
At first repeat it slow!
For heaven is a different thing
Conjectured, and waked sudden in,
And might o'erwhelm me so!