Emily Dickinson

The Bible Is An Antique Volume

poem 1545

The Bible is an antique Volume Written by faded men At the suggestion of Holy Spectres Subjects Bethlehem Eden the ancient Homestead Satan the Brigadier Judas the Great Defaulter David the Troubador Sin a distinguished Precipice Others must resist Boys that believe are very lonesome Other Boys are lost Had but the Tale a warbling Teller All the Boys would come Orpheus’ Sermon captivated It did not condemn

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