What soft, cherubic creatures These gentlewomen are! One would as soon assault a plush Or violate a star. Such dimity convictions, A horror so refined Of freckled human nature, Of Deity ashamed, - It's such a common glory, A fisherman's degree! Redemption, brittle lady, Be so, ashamed of thee.
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1896 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "What soft, cherubic creatures", published 1947 [soprano and alto soli, SSAA chorus, and piano], from From Emily's Diary [text not verified]
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