Emily Dickinson

Dec. 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886


The First Lesson

by Emily Dickinson

Not in this world to see his face
Sounds long, until I read the place
Where this is said to be
But just the primer to a life
Unopened, rare, upon the shelf,
Clasped yet to him and me.

And yet, my primer suits me so
I would not choose a book to know
Than that, be sweeter wise;
Might someone else so learned be,
And leave me just my A B C,
Himself could have the skies.


Copyright 1890
Little, Brown, And Company, Boston