Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Bell by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Bell by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love thy music, mellow bell, I love thine iron chime, To life or death, to heaven or hell, Which calls the sons of Time. Thy voice upon the deep The home-bound sea-boy ...

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Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give all to love; Obey thy heart; Friends, kindred, days, Estate, good-fame, Plans, credit, and the Muse,- Nothing refuse. 'Tis a brave master; Let it have scope: Follow ...

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Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Deep in the man sits fast his fate To mould his fortunes, mean or great: Unknown to Cromwell as to me Was Cromwell's measure or degree; Unknown to him as to his horse, If he ...

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Dirge by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dirge by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knows he who tills this lonely fieldTo reap its scanty corn,What mystic fruit his acres yieldAt midnight and at morn?In the long sunny afternoon,The plain was full of ghosts,I ...

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Boston Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Boston Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The word of the Lord by nightTo the watching Pilgrims came,As they sat by the seaside,And filled their hearts with flame.God said, I am tired of kings,I suffer them no more;Up to ...

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Song Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Song Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mine are the night and morning,The pits of air, the gulf of space,The sportive sun, the gibbous moon,The innumerable days.I hid in the solar glory,I am dumb in the pealing song,I ...

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Forebearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forebearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hast thou named all the birds without a gun;Loved the wood-rose, and left it on its stalk;At rich men's tables eaten bread and pulse;Unarmed, faced danger with a heart of ...

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Astr&Aelig; by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Astr&Aelig; by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Himself it was who wroteHis rank, and quartered his own coat.There is no king nor sovereign stateThat can fix a hero's rate;Each to all is venerable,Cap-a-pie invulnerable,Until ...

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The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,Seems nowhere to alight: the whited airHides hill and woods, the river, and the heaven,And ...

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Art by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give to barrows, trays, and pansGrace and glimmer of romance;Bring the moonlight into noonHid in gleaming piles of stone;On the city's paved streetPlant gardens lined with lilacs ...

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Good-Bye by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good-Bye by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good-bye, proud world! I'm going home; Thou art my friend, and I'm not thine. Long through thy weary crowds I roam; A river-ark on the ocean brine, Long I've been tossed like the ...

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The Apology by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Apology by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think me not unkind and rude That I walk alone in grove and glen; I go to the god of the wood To fetch his word to men.Tax not my sloth that I Fold my arms beside the brook; Each ...

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Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the red slayer think he slays,Or if the slain think he is slain,They know not well the subtle waysI keep, and pass, and turn again.Far or forgot to me is near;Shadow and ...

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Grace by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grace by Ralph Waldo Emerson

How much, preventing God! how much I oweTo the defenses thou hast round me set:Example, custom, fear, occasional slow,These scorned bondmen were my parapet.I dare not peep over ...

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Culture by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Culture by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Can rules or tutors educateThe semigod whom we await?He must be musical,Tremulous, impressional,Alive to gentle influenceOf landscape and of sky,And tender to the spirit-touchOf ...

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D&Aelig;Monic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson

D&Aelig;Monic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man was made of social earth,Child and brother from his birth;Tethered by a liquid cordOf blood through veins of kindred poured,Next his heart the fireside bandOf mother, father, ...

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Celestial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Celestial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Higher far,Upward, into the pure realm,Over sun or star,Over the flickering D?mon film,Thou must mount for love,—Into vision which all formIn one only form dissolves;In a region ...

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Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Was never form and never faceSo sweet to SEYD as only graceWhich did not slumber like a stone,But hovered gleaming and was gone.Beauty chased he everywhere,In flame, in storm, in ...

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Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mountain and the squirrel Had a quarrel; And the former called the latter "Little Prig." Bun replied, "You are doubtless very big; But all sorts of things and weather Must be ...

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Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,Here once the embattled farmers stoodAnd fired the shot heard round the world.The foe long since in ...

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Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sense of the world is short, -Long and various the report, -To love and be beloved;Men and gods have not outlearned it;And, how oft soe'er they've turned it,'Tis not to be ...

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Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days,Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,And marching single in an endless file,Bring diadems and fagots in their hands.To each they offer ...

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Alphonso Of Castile by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alphonso Of Castile by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I Alphonso live and learn,Seeing nature go astern.Things deteriorate in kind,Lemons run to leaves and rind,Meagre crop of figs and limes,Shorter days and harder times.Flowering ...

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Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why should I keep holiday,When other men have none?Why but because when these are gay,I sit and mourn alone.And why when mirth unseals all tonguesShould mine alone be dumb?Ah! ...

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Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"May be true what I had heard,Earth's a howling wildernessTruculent with fraud and force,"Said I, strolling through the pastures,And along the riverside.Caught among the ...

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Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give me truths,For I am weary of the surfaces,And die of inanition. If I knewOnly the herbs and simples of the wood,Rue, cinquefoil, gill, vervain, and pimpernel,Blue-vetch, and ...

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Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I.Winters knowEasily to shed the snow,And the untaught Spring is wiseIn cowslips and anemones.Nature, hating art and pains,Baulks and baffles plotting brains;Casualty and ...

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Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Virtue runs before the museAnd defies her skill,She is rapt, and doth refuseTo wait a painter's will.Star-adoring, occupied,Virtue cannot bend her,Just to please a poet's pride,To ...

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Character by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sun set, but set not his hope:Stars rose; his faith was earlier up:Fixed on the enormous galaxy,Deeper and older seemed his eye;And matched his sufferance sublimeThe ...

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The Past by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Past by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The debt is paid,The verdict said,The Furies laid,The plague is stayed,All fortunes made;Turn the key and bolt the door,Sweet is death forevermore.Nor haughty hope, nor swart ...

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Forerunners by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forerunners by Ralph Waldo Emerson

LONG I followed happy guides,I could never reach their sides;Their step is forth, and, ere the dayBreaks up their leaguer, and away.Keen my sense, my heart was young, Right ...

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Manners by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manners by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grace, Beauty, and CapriceBuild this golden portal;Graceful women, chosen men,Dazzle every mortal.Their sweet and lofty countenanceHis enchanted food;He need not go to them, their ...

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Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Little thinks, in the field, yon red-cloaked clown,Of thee, from the hill-top looking down;And the heifer, that lows in the upland farm,Far-heard, lows not thine ear to charm;The ...

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Wealth by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wealth by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who shall tell what did befall, Far away in time, when once, Over the lifeless ball, Hung idle stars and suns? What god the element obeyed? Wings of what wind the lichen bore, ...

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To-Day by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To-Day by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I rake no coffined clay, nor publish wideThe resurrection of departed pride.Safe in their ancient crannies, dark and deep,Let kings and conquerors, saints and soldiers sleep--Late ...

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Painting And Sculpture by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Painting And Sculpture by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sinful painter drapes his goddess warm,Because she still is naked, being drest;The godlike sculptor will not so deformBeauty, which bones and flesh enough invest.

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Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson

BRING me wine, but wine which never grew In the belly of the grape, Or grew on vine whose tap-roots, reaching through Under the Andes to the Cape, Suffer'd no savour of the earth ...

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The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Sphinx is drowsy,The wings are furled;Her ear is heavy,She broods on the world."Who'll tell me my secret,The ages have kept?--I awaited the seer,While they slumbered and ...

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Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who gave thee, O Beauty!The keys of this breast,Too credulous loverOf blest and unblest?Say when in lapsed agesThee knew I of old;Or what was the serviceFor which I was sold?When ...

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The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like the church; I like a cowl; I love a prophet of the soul; And on my heart monastic aisles Fall like sweet strains, or pensive smiles; Yet not for all his faith can see Would ...

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The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson

On being asked, Whence is the flower?In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,To please the ...

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Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The south-wind bringsLife, sunshine, and desire,And on every mount and meadowBreathes aromatic fire,But over the dead he has no power,The lost, the lost he cannot restore,And, ...

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The Lords Of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Lords Of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The lords of life, the lords of life,-I saw them pass,In their own guise,Like and unlike,Portly and grim,Use and Surprise,Surface and Dream,Succession swift, and spectral ...

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Etienne De La BoECe by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Etienne De La BoECe by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I serve you not, if you I follow,Shadow-like, o'er hill and hollow,And bend my fancy to your leading,All too nimble for my treading.When the pilgrimage is done,And we've the ...

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The Romany Girl by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Romany Girl by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sun goes down, and with him takes The coarseness of my por attire; The fair moon mounts, and aye the flame Of Gypsy beauty blazes higher.Pale Northern girls! you scorn our ...

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To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson

O Fair and stately maid, whose eyeWas kindled in the upper skyAt the same torch that lighted mine;For so I must interpret stillThy sweet dominion o'er my will,A sympathy ...

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Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trees in groves,Kine in droves,In ocean sport the scaly herds,Wedge-like cleave the air the birds,To northern lakes fly wind-borne ducks,Browse the mountain sheep in flocks,Men ...

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Nemesis by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nemesis by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Already blushes in thy cheek The bosom-thought which thou must speak; The bird, how far it haply roam By cloud or isle, is flying home; The maiden fears, and fearing runs Into the ...

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Terminus by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Terminus by Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is time to be old, To take in sail:-- The god of bounds, Who sets to seas a shore, Come to me in his fatal rounds, And said: "No more! No farther shoot Thy broad ambitious ...

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Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bulkeley, Hunt, Willard, Hosmer, Meriam, Flint, Possessed the land which rendered to their toil Hay, corn, roots, hemp, flax, apples, wool and wood. Each of these landlords walked ...

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