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Comment 17 of 367, added on July 14th, 2010 at 2:36 PM.

My church is God in Nature, and I enjoy it daily.

frumpo from United States
Comment 16 of 367, added on April 20th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 15 of 367, added on October 9th, 2009 at 12:34 PM.

This poem, along with Desiderata quite litterally changed the way I saw
myself. I've always been more comfortable in a garden or on a hike than in
church. My thoughts are always more clear, and i always feel at peace.
Emily just articulated my feelings so beautifully...i thank my mother for
making her my namesake.

Emily Browning from United States
Comment 14 of 367, added on September 22nd, 2009 at 1:57 AM.

Dr. Wasserman,

The date 1955 actually refers to the date when Thomas Johnson published
"The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson." This is the publication from which
this website is ordering the poems. Of course, since then many scholars
have disagreed with some of Johnson's transcriptions and/or ordering of
poems.

Dave from United States
Comment 13 of 367, added on September 21st, 2009 at 7:26 AM.

Is no one made uneasy in the least by the claim below the poem here that it
was "Published/Written" in 1955?
Dickinson DIED in 1886. The site's been viewed 27 thousand times: I know
from my decades of teahing that not everyone notices there's a link to her
bio at the side.

Dr. Rosanne Wasserman from United States
Comment 12 of 367, added on April 4th, 2009 at 9:26 PM.

Actually, the original version did say "at last." But of course I know of
at least two editor's books that "typo'd" the next to the last line and
never caught it when they printed those editions. So indeed, the words "at
last" were Emily Dickinson's words.

Alan from United States
Comment 11 of 367, added on March 1st, 2009 at 8:40 PM.

I think the original version of the poem said "So instead of getting to
Heaven at least--" If you have a version that says "at last" instead, it
might be because of the revisions that Dickinson's family made when her
poems were originally published.

Chelsea
Comment 10 of 367, added on May 24th, 2007 at 1:17 AM.

Has justice been done to the poem’s ending, "I'm going, all along"?

Emily seems to imply that she is already partaking, heartily and
comprehensively, in an ongoing heaven. Her tone is jubilant: it's not her
lot to tarry, yearning for some afterlife.

Ian G from Australia
Comment 9 of 367, added on March 21st, 2006 at 4:15 PM.

kate, i'm afraid "at least" is a typo. i looked in my book, and in several
other sources, and it is in fact "at last", and as someone else said
before, it absolutely changes the connotation of the poem . However your
analysis is what matters, and i think it is very helpful for those who are
interested on the poem and not on criticism towards other people.

Chantal from Chile
Comment 8 of 367, added on February 24th, 2006 at 7:12 PM.

I agree with Steph. "At least" from the poem really changes the whole poem.
When i first read it, i was surprised to see what i read!

Lena from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 324. Some keep the Sabbath going to Church
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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