I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
As a child, Emily seemed in total contentment and caused little problem to the family. It is said the principal of Emily's school noted that Emily was very bright and an excellent student.
It was obvious she enjoyed her own company, although she seemed to like attending school and was fond of the other girls.
At eighteen, Emily met a young attorney through her parents, and although there was probably no romance between them, the young attorney had a positive influence over Emily - she still refers to him as her tutor.
Emily is closes to her sister-in-law, Susan, and in the 1850s wrote her over three hundred letters. In turn, Susan has always supported Emily's chosen life of writing poetry.
The grave would hinder me,
And life was not so ample I
Could finish enmity.
Nor had I time to love; but since
Some industry must be,
The little toil of love, I thought,
Was large enough for me
The first half of the 1860s turned out to be her most productive period of writing.
Which brings us to today in 1867.
It's said she loves children, although she will never marry or have children of her own.
And now you know.