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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

LXIV


HE preached upon “breadth” till it argued him narrow,—
The broad are too broad to define:
And of “truth” until it proclaimed him a liar,—
The truth never flaunted a sign.
  
Simplicity fled from his counterfeit presence        5
As gold the pyrites would shun.
What confusion would cover the innocent Jesus
To meet so enabled a man!

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