Author: Emily Dickinson  | Date: 1890


SOME keep the Sabbath going to church;

I keep it staying at home,

With bobolink for a chorister,

And an orchard for a dome.

Some keep the Sabbath in surplice;

I just wear my wings,

And instead of tolling the bell for church,

Our little sexton sings.

God preaches,- a noted clergyman,-

And the sermon is never long;

So instead of getting to heaven at last,

I’m going all along!


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Chicago: Emily Dickinson, "VI.," Poems Original Sources, accessed October 4, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KRETUPI17LNVECJ.

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