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Emily Dickinson - Belshazzar had a Letter --

Belshazzar had a Letter --
He never had but one --
Belshazzar's Correspondent
Concluded and begun
In that immortal Copy
The Conscience of us all
Can read without its Glasses
On Revelation's Wall --

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1459. Belshazzar had a Letter --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955

Comment 1 of 1, added on January 14th, 2010 at 10:36 AM.

Some won't know this, but the poem is a retelling of what happened in the Book of Daniel. Belshazzar was the king of Babylon. His "correspondent" is Daniel, his cupbearer who became a prophet for his interpretation of the king's dreams. Revelation's Wall is a play upon the expression "the writing on the wall" (Chapter 5) and is simply saying the root of the word of Revelation was begun in the prophecies of Daniel 500 BC. Quaint!


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