SOME keep the Sabbath going to church;
I keep it staying at home,
With a 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!
First print Nature poem VI, 6
Johnson poem 324 | Franklin poem 236
■→Poems, first print by Higginson and Todd, page 74;
First print comma shifted before the phrase at last, “going along” to be in earthly living.
God preaches, — a noted clergyman, — And the sermon is never long: clergyman and sermon are consequents to God, cf. Notes for The Outlet.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
The world may never have seen her original handwriting, if her skill was taken for supernatural. Feel welcome to Poems by Emily Dickinson prepared for print by Teresa Pelka: thematic stanzas, notes on the Greek and Latin inspiration, the correlative with Webster 1828, and the Aristotelian motif, Things perpetual — these are not in time, but in eternity.