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(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

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'They Have Not Chosen Me,' He Said

'They have not chosen me,' he said,
'But I have chosen them!'
Brave—Broken hearted statement—
Uttered in Bethlehem!

I could not have told it,
But since Jesus dared—
Sovereign! Know a Daisy
They dishonor shared!

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Saturday, September 17, 2011


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  • Raman Nambisan Kesavath (3/28/2014 9:56:00 AM)

    Is it as follows?
    Thy dishonor shared! (instead of) They dishonor shared!

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (3/28/2014 1:21:00 AM)

    Sharing honour and dishonour before the ' Sovereign' is what Emily tried to emphasise in this succinct yet
    profound poem........I feel all her poems carry eternity and a little bit penetration needed to understand better
    her poems..................Missed you Emily so much....

  • Raman Nambisan Kesavath (3/27/2014 8:08:00 PM)

    Please tell me why the word Daisy started on capital letters. Did it denote any character in Bible or outside?

  • Ramesh Rai (3/27/2014 12:22:00 PM)

    I can feel the melody of this write.

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/27/2014 8:36:00 AM)

    Lovely sharp thanks..........

  • * Sunprincess * (3/27/2014 2:18:00 AM)

    ..........a lovely poem written by a lovely poetess...

  • Udiah Witness to YAH (3/27/2012 6:47:00 AM)

    Nice, sweet, short poem, Emily honoring Christ and speaking of His Elect, and how both share in dishonor.

  • Gone Away (3/27/2010 2:18:00 PM)

    Emily Dickinson sometimes refered to herself as a daisy a flower symbolic of innocence. Jesus is her sovereign and innocent though dishonoured by the betrayal of him.

  • Kevin Straw (3/27/2010 8:13:00 AM)

    An intense abstruse little poem - you need to know a little more about Christianity than I do to unwind the meaning. But I do like Dickinson's elliptical technique - well it's not a technique really - it is the woman herself, the way she makes lightning darts at mysteries to illuminate them.

  • Paolo Giuseppe Mazzarello (3/27/2010 5:10:00 AM)

    Ms Dickinson seems to write: 'I have not chosen him' thinking about her own father more than the Eternal Father. However the trouble is actual, poet needs both of them.

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