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1129, By Emily Dickinson

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth’s superb surprise

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As Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind--

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From “The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson,” edited by Thomas H. Johnson (Back Bay Books /Little, Brown: 770 pp., $16.95)


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