- 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: 113
Dickinson, E. (1896). Love, Poem 14: Love's Baptism. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved October 24, 2021, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Love, Poem 14: Love's Baptism." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. October 24, 2021.
Emily Dickinson, "Love, Poem 14: Love's Baptism," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed October 24, 2021,.
I'm ceded, I've stopped being theirs;
The name they dropped upon my face
With water, in the country church,
Is finished using now,
And they can put it with my dolls,
My childhood, and the string of spools
I've finished threading too.
Baptized before without the choice,
But this time consciously, of grace
Unto supremest name,
Called to my full, the crescent dropped,
Existence's whole arc filled up
With one small diadem.
My second rank, too small the first,
Crowned, crowing on my father's breast,
A half unconscious queen;
But this time, adequate, erect,
With will to choose or to reject.
And I choose — just a throne.