One Dignity

POL

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!

First print Time and Eternity I, 1
Johnson 98 | Franklin 77

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Non-defining time clause comma, What service, when we pause.
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