“My Faith is Larger than the Hills”, was written in c.1862 by the American poet, Emily Dickinson.
In this poem, the opening line is especially hymn-like. It declares a faith greater than the greatest natural phenomena. Hills and sun stand for eternity, yet her religious faith is larger than nature (the hills). Her faith is in the “Purple Wheel” – Jesus (the Sun/Son), and the poem continues on to describe her deep faith in Him.
Dickinson ends by scolding herself because she dares to stint her faith in Christ, who holds everything together for her (The Rivet in the Bands).
The final stanza in some sense maintains the hymn-like feel of the poem's opening.
My Faith is larger than the Hills —
So when the Hills decay —
My Faith must take the Purple Wheel
To show the Sun the way —
'Tis first He steps upon the Vane —
And then — upon the Hill —
And then abroad the World He go
To do His Golden Will —
And if His Yellow feet should miss —
The Bird would not arise —
The Flowers would slumber on their Stems —
No Bells have Paradise —
How dare I, therefore, stint a faith
On which so vast depends —
Lest Firmament should fail for me —
The Rivet in the Bands
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