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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part Three: Love

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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        5
Of amplitude, or awe,
Or first prospective, or the gold
In using wore away,
  
It lay unmentioned, as the sea
Develops pearl and weed,        10
But only to himself is known
The fathoms they abide.

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