Emily Dickinson

If The Foolish, Call Them Flowers

poem 168

If the foolish, call them flowers Need the wiser, tell? If the Savants Classify them It is just as well! Those who read the Revelations Must not criticize Those who read the same Edition With beclouded Eyes! Could we stand with that Old Moses Canaan denied Scan like him, the stately landscape On the other side Doubtless, we should deem superfluous Many Sciences, Not pursued by learned Angels In scholastic skies! Low amid that glad Belles lettres Grant that we may stand, Stars, amid profound Galaxies At that grand Right hand!

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