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Emily Dickinson - I should have been too glad, I see

I should have been too glad, I see --
Too lifted -- for the scant degree
Of Life's penurious Round --
My little Circuit would have shamed
This new Circumference -- have blamed --
The homelier time behind.

I should have been too saved -- I see --
Too rescued -- Fear too dim to me
That I could spell the Prayer
I knew so perfect -- yesterday --
That Scalding One -- Sabachthani --
Recited fluent -- here --

Earth would have been too much -- I see --
And Heaven -- not enough for me --
I should have had the Joy
Without the Fear -- to justify --
The Palm -- without the Calvary --
So Savior -- Crucify --
Defeat -- whets Victory -- they say --
The Reefs -- in old Gethsemane --
Endear the Coast -- beyond!
'Tis Beggars -- Banquets -- can define --
'Tis Parching -- vitalizes Wine --
"Faith" bleats -- to understand!

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I should have been too glad, I see - Comments and Information

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 313. I should have been too glad, I see
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Nov 27 2015

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Comment 3 of 4, added on July 13th, 2010 at 2:25 PM.

I would have been too happy for a normal life and too happy to want to get saved--told from the point of view of a disembodied spirit.

frumpo from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on November 11th, 2009 at 1:54 AM.

This is the most comprehensive poetic expression of the three things Dickinson desired and was denied: a steady religious faith, recognition as a poet, and romantic love. In the order of the stanzas, she rationalizes the lack of each in her live as trials that build her character and sustain her constantly wavering faith in a higher power.

Jeryl from United States

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