Ourselves we do inter with sweet derision.

Ourselves we do inter with sweet derision.
The channel of the dust who once achieves
Invalidates the balm of that religion
That doubts as fervently as it believes.

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  1. Bruce says:

    I would suggest the Dickinson here is arguing that the ruin of an individual comes when he are too hard on themselves, dwelling on their failures, shortcomings, and sins. Optimism and and faith rather than doubt is what ought to establish and secure an individual.
    On the second point, I would disagree with ED. Yes belief is fundamentally important but in developing our beliefs we must consider why what is right is true but also why what is wrong is false — Reason both supports and opposes. Just some thoughts.

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