"Unto Me?" I Do Not Know You Poem by Emily Dickinson

"Unto Me?" I Do Not Know You

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"Unto Me?" I do not know you—
Where may be your House?

"I am Jesus—Late of Judea—
Now—of Paradise"—

Wagons—have you—to convey me?
This is far from Thence—

"Arms of Mine—sufficient Phaeton—
Trust Omnipotence"—

I am spotted—"I am Pardon"—
I am small—"The Least
Is esteemed in Heaven the Chiefest—
Occupy my House"—

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 26 October 2015

This was enjoyable- so many spiritual poetry gets so heavy and packed full of every point of doctrine in a church that they are hurting their own objective. Dickinson knows how to get her point across with a simple light toiuch

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celine charcoal 24 November 2004

sorry emily.. i stop here.. ur poems r boring..

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Shouvik Roy 23 June 2012

Adam this is a very beautiful and meaningful poem... Emily does not use quotation marks very often and when she uses them they mean that these are not her words, but are in fact another’s words, which in this case are Jesus’ words. Poem #964 is a conversation between Emily (plain text) and Jesus (quoted text) . Jesus says, come unto Me, and Emily playfully wants to know where He lives and how He will arrange for her to travel such a large distance (across space, time, and dimension) . Emily says she is unworthy and spotted (physically by freckles and spiritually by flaws and failures) . But Jesus, true to form tells Emily that all that is needed is divine love (Arms of Mine, sufficient Phaeton) and forgiveness (Pardon) , which traverse all space and all time in the realities of Kingdom of heaven within. Emily has a reason for every word, every punctuation mark, every capital letter, and every hyphen.

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Sean Buchsbaum 06 November 2006

have u no respect for her poetry there is more in it then is written you have to just read extra carefully

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Naveed Akram 31 March 2008

This feels very good about Christianity, and Christians will react to it in very familiar patterns. It is good to see this poem being written for the advancement of Christian science, which is basically that pointed out by this poem. I do not take on every belief, but the passion is shown with a kind of fervour too polite. To tell Jesus that he trusts omnipotence is then brave and totally courageous. The bravery I can extract is vast in such a short amount of poetry. The poem is so small for its amount of information that it occupies my house!

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Abigael Moseti 23 April 2019

perfect. Please send me other poems Thank You

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Susan Williams 09 June 2018

I did not take this to be directed to one specific person like Mary Magdalene but to each person who desires to know him. Beautiful

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Kumarmani Mahakul 09 June 2018

Nice expression. Beautiful spiritual poem.

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Lynch 09 June 2018

And which in particular unto thee is she referring to when Jesus catches her attention. In truth, this isn't Emily's in the conversation, but more a third person sinner, and we assume it to be female because the author is. So, my vote is the persona of Mary Magdalene. Could it be after the resurrection? On the road? And yet, Mary, the greatest of all the believers, still does not recognize Jesus, and still needs forgiveness.

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Dr Antony Theodore 09 June 2018

Great realizations in the spiritual level.. tony

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