- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 62
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 38: The Preacher. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved November 27, 2015, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 38: The Preacher." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. November 27, 2015.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 38: The Preacher," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed November 27, 2015,.
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
As gold the pyrites would shun.
What confusion would cover the innocent Jesus
To meet so enabled a man!