Emily Dickinson - I Died For Beauty - Read by Jane Alexander - From the 1988 Voices and Visions series.
I Died For Beauty
by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.
He questioned softly why I failed?
"For beauty," I replied.
"And I for truth - themselves are one;
We brethren are," he said.
And so, as kinsmen met a night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.