- 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: 63
Dickinson, E. (1896). Love, Poem 17: The Wife. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved December 12, 2013, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Love, Poem 17: The Wife." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. December 12, 2013.
Emily Dickinson, "Love, Poem 17: The Wife," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed December 12, 2013,.
She rose to his requirement, dropped
The playthings of her life
To take the honorable work
Of woman and of wife.
If aught she missed in her new day
Of amplitude, or awe,
Or first prospective, or the gold
In using wore away,
It lay unmentioned, as the sea
Develops pearl and weed,
But only to himself is known
The fathoms they abide.