- 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: 54
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 12: The Martyrs. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved July 25, 2014, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 12: The Martyrs." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. July 25, 2014.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 12: The Martyrs," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed July 25, 2014,.
Through the straight pass of suffering
The martyrs even trod,
Their feet upon temptation,
Their faces upon God.
A stately, shriven company;
Convulsion playing round,
Harmless as streaks of meteor
Upon a planet's bound.
Their faith the everlasting troth;
Their expectation fair;
The needle to the north degree
Wades so, through polar air.