- 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: 77
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 52. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 52." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. January 30, 2015.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 52," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed January 30, 2015,.
To learn the transport by the pain,
As blind men learn the sun;
To die of thirst, suspecting
That brooks in meadows run;
To stay the homesick, homesick feet
Upon a foreign shore
Haunted by native lands, the while,
And blue, beloved air —
This is the sovereign anguish,
This, the signal woe!
These are the patient laureates
Whose voices, trained below,
Ascend in ceaseless carol,
To us, the duller scholars
Of the mysterious bard!