Faith Is A Fine Invention

By: Emily Dickinson

“Faith” is a fine invention
For gentlemen who see,
But Microscopes are prudent
In an emergency!

- Emily Dickinson

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Original Text: The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson, edited by R. W. Franklin in volumes (Cambridge, Mass., and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1981; PS 1541 A1 1981 ROBA): I, 367-68 (fascicle 17).

First Publication Date: 1891. Representative Poetry On-line: Editor, I. Lancashire; Publisher, Web Development Group, Inf. Tech. Services, Univ. of Toronto Lib. Edition: RPO 1997. © I. Lancashire, Dept. of English (Univ. of Toronto), and Univ. of Toronto Press 1997.

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