- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 79
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Dickinson, Emily. "Time and Eternity, Poem 21: The First Lesson." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. June 24, 2021.
Emily Dickinson, "Time and Eternity, Poem 21: The First Lesson," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed June 24, 2021,.
Not in this world to see his face
Sounds long, until I read the place
Where this is said to be
But just the primer to a life
Unopened, rare, upon the shelf,
Clasped yet to him and me.
And yet, my primer suits me so
I would not choose a book to know
Than that, be sweeter wise;
Might some one else so learned be,
And leave me just my A B C,
Himself could have the skies.