by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

To lose one’s faith surpasses
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
To lose one’s faith surpasses 
the loss of an estate,
Because estates can be
Replenished, — faith cannot.

Inherited with life,
Belief but once can be;
Annihilate a single clause,
And Being’s beggary.

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Researcher for this text: Joel Weiss

This text was added to the website: 2016-08-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 33