poems sent from dickinson to higginson

He preached upon "Breadth" till it argued him narrow -
The Broad are too broad to define
And of "Truth" until it proclaimed him a Liar -
The Truth never flaunted a Sign -

Simplicity fled from his counterfeit presence
As Gold the Pyrites would shun -
What confusion would cover the innocent Jesus
To meet so enabled a Man!

thomas johnson's note on poem 1207 | index to dickinson poems sent to higginson

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