- 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: 134
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 24: Too Much. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved September 24, 2023, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 24: Too Much." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. September 24, 2023.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 24: Too Much," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed September 24, 2023,.
I should have been too glad, I see,
Too lifted for the scant degree
Of life's penurious round;
My little circuit would have shamed
This new circumference, have blamed
The homelier time behind.
I should have been too saved, I see,
Too rescued; fear too dim to me
That I could spell the prayer
I knew so perfect yesterday, —
That scalding one, "Sabachthani,"
Recited fluent here.
Earth would have been too much, I see,
And heaven not enough for me;
I should have had the joy
Without the fear to justify, —
The palm without the Calvary;
So, Saviour, crucify.
Defeat whets victory, they say;
The reefs in old Gethsemane
Endear the shore beyond.
'T is beggars banquets best define;
'T is thirsting vitalizes wine, —
Faith faints to understand.