The Snow-Storm By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Snow-Storm Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields, Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air…

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Nature By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature I. Winters know Easily to shed the snow, And the untaught Spring is wise In cowslips and anemones. Nature, hating art and pains, Baulks…

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Each And All By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each And All Little thinks, in the field, yon red-cloaked clown, Of thee, from the hill-top looking down; And the heifer, that lows in the…

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The Amulet By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Amulet Your picture smiles as first it smiled, The ring you gave is still the same, Your letter tells, O changing child, No tidings…

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Love And Thought By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love And Thought Two well-assorted travellers use The highway, Eros and the Muse. From the twins is nothing hidden, To the pair is naught forbidden;…

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Celestial Love By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Celestial Love Higher far, Upward, into the pure realm, Over sun or star, Over the flickering Dæmon film, Thou must mount for love,— Into vision…

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Threnody By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Threnody The south-wind brings Life, sunshine, and desire, And on every mount and meadow Breathes aromatic fire, But over the dead he has no power,…

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Seashore By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Seashore I heard or seemed to hear the chiding Sea Say, Pilgrim, why so late and slow to come? Am I not always here, thy…

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Glory Of Friendship By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Glory Of Friendship The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual…

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A Nation’s Strength By Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Nation’s Strength What makes a nation’s pillars high And its foundations strong? What makes it mighty to defy The foes that round it throng?…

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The Past By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Past The debt is paid, The verdict said, The Furies laid, The plague is stayed, All fortunes made; Turn the key and bolt the…

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My Garden By Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Garden If I could put my woods in song And tell what’s there enjoyed, All men would to my gardens throng, And leave the…

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Eros By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Eros The sense of the world is short, – Long and various the report, – To love and be beloved; Men and gods have not…

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The Adirondacs By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Adirondacs A JOURNAL. DEDICATED TO MY FELLOW-TRAVELLERS IN AUGUST, 1858. Wise and polite,–and if I drew Their several portraits, you would own Chaucer had…

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Lover’s Petition By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lover’s Petition Good Heart, that ownest all! I ask a modest boon and small: Not of lands and towns the gift,– Too large a load…

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Boston Hymn By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Boston Hymn The word of the Lord by night To the watching Pilgrims came, As they sat by the seaside, And filled their hearts with…

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The World-Soul By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The World-Soul Thanks to the morning light, Thanks to the seething sea, To the uplands of New Hampshire, To the green-haired forest free; Thanks to…

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Rubies By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rubies They brought me rubies from the mine, And held them to the sun; I said, they are drops of frozen wine From Eden’s vats…

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Give All To Love By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give All To Love Give all to love; Obey thy heart; Friends, kindred, days, Estate, good-fame, Plans, credit, and the Muse,- Nothing refuse. ‘Tis a…

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Worship By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Worship This is he, who, felled by foes, Sprung harmless up, refreshed by blows He to captivity was sold, But him no prison-bars would hold:…

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The Lords Of Life By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Lords Of Life The lords of life, the lords of life,- I saw them pass, In their own guise, Like and unlike, Portly and…

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Musketaquid By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Musketaquid Because I was content with these poor fields, Low open meads, slender and sluggish streams, And found a home in haunts which others scorned,…

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Experience By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Experience The lords of life, the lords of life,—- I saw them pass, In their own guise, Like and unlike, Portly and grim, — Use…

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Unity By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unity Space is ample, east and west, But two cannot go abreast, Cannot travel in it two: Yonder masterful cuckoo Crowds every egg out of…

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Terminus By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Terminus It is time to be old, To take in sail:– The god of bounds, Who sets to seas a shore, Come to me in…

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Loss And Gain By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Loss And Gain Virtue runs before the muse And defies her skill, She is rapt, and doth refuse To wait a painter’s will. Star-adoring, occupied,…

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Boston By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Boston Sicut Patribus, sit Deus Nobis) The rocky nook with hilltops three Looked eastward from the farms, And twice each day the flowing sea Took…

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The Visit By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Visit Askest ‘How long thou shall stay?’ Devastator of the day! Know, each substance and relation Thorough nature’s operation, Hath its unit, bound, and…

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Saadi By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saadi 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,…

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From The Persian Of Hafiz Ii By Ralph Waldo Emerson

From The Persian Of Hafiz Ii Of Paradise, O hermit wise, Let us renounce the thought. Of old therein our names of sin Allah recorded…

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Wealth By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wealth Who shall tell what did befall, Far away in time, when once, Over the lifeless ball, Hung idle stars and suns? What god the…

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The Humble Bee By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Humble Bee Burly dozing humblebee! Where thou art is clime for me. Let them sail for Porto Rique, Far-off heats through seas to seek,…

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Mithridates By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mithridates I cannot spare water or wine, Tobacco-leaf, or poppy, or rose; From the earth-poles to the Line, All between that works or grows, Every…

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Dirge By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dirge Knows he who tills this lonely field To reap its scanty corn, What mystic fruit his acres yield At midnight and at morn? In…

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Una By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Una Roving, roving, as it seems, Una lights my clouded dreams; Still for journeys she is dressed; We wander far by east and west. In…

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Teach Me I Am Forgotten By The Dead By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Teach Me I Am Forgotten By The Dead Teach me I am forgotten by the dead And that the dead is by herself forgot And…

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Initial Love By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Initial Love Venus, when her son was lost, Cried him up and down the coast, In hamlets, palaces, and parks, And told the truant by…

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Blight By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Blight Give me truths, For I am weary of the surfaces, And die of inanition. If I knew Only the herbs and simples of the…

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The Sphinx By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Sphinx The Sphinx is drowsy, The wings are furled; Her ear is heavy, She broods on the world. “Who’ll tell me my secret, The…

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Poems By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poems AND when I am entombèd in my place, Be it remembered of a single man, He never, though he dearly loved his race, For…

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Friendship By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship A ruddy drop of manly blood The surging sea outweighs, The world uncertain comes and goes; The lover rooted stays. I fancied he was…

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Water By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Water The water understands Civilization well; It wets my foot, but prettily, It chills my life, but wittily, It is not disconcerted, It is not…

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The Park By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Park The prosperous and beautiful To me seem not to wear The yoke of conscience masterful, Which galls me everywhere. I cannot shake off…

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Monadnoc By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monadnoc Thousand minstrels woke within me, “Our music’s in the hills; “— Gayest pictures rose to win me, Leopard-colored rills. Up!—If thou knew’st who calls…

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Etienne De La BoÉCe By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Etienne De La BoÉCe I serve you not, if you I follow, Shadow-like, o’er hill and hollow, And bend my fancy to your leading, All…

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Two Rivers By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Two Rivers Thy summer voice, Musketaquit, Repeats the music of the rain; But sweeter rivers pulsing flit Through thee, as thou through the Concord Plain….

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Tact By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tact What boots it, thy virtue, What profit thy parts, While one thing thou lackest, The art of all arts! The only credentials, Passport to…

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Heroism By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heroism Ruby wine is drunk by knaves, Sugar spends to fatten slaves, Rose and vine-leaf deck buffoons; Thunder-clouds are Jove’s festoons, Drooping oft in wreaths…

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Brahma By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Brahma If the red slayer think he slays, Or if the slain think he is slain, They know not well the subtle ways I keep,…

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The Test By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Test I hung my verses in the wind, Time and tide their faults may find. All were winnowed through and through, Five lines lasted…

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Politics By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Politics Gold and iron are good To buy iron and gold; All earth’s fleece and food For their like are sold. Hinted Merlin wise, Proved…

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From The Persian Of Hafiz I By Ralph Waldo Emerson

From The Persian Of Hafiz I Butler, fetch the ruby wine, Which with sudden greatness fills us; Pour for me who in my spirit Fail…

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Woodnotes By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Woodnotes I WHEN the pine tosses its cones To the song of its waterfall tones, Who speeds to the woodland walks? To birds and trees…

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The Forerunners By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Forerunners Long I followed happy guides,— I could never reach their sides. Their step is forth, and, ere the day, Breaks up their leaguer,…

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Merops By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Merops What care I, so they stand the same,— Things of the heavenly mind,— How long the power to give them fame Tarries yet behind?…

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Days By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Days Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days, Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes, And marching single in an endless file, Bring diadems and fagots in…

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To Rhea By Ralph Waldo Emerson

To Rhea Thee, dear friend, a brother soothes, Not with flatteries, but truths, Which tarnish not, but purify To light which dims the morning’s eye….

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Spiritual Laws By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spiritual Laws The living Heaven thy prayers respect, House at once and architect, Quarrying man’s rejected hours, Builds therewith eternal towers; Sole and self-commanded works,…

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In Memoriam By Ralph Waldo Emerson

In Memoriam I mourn upon this battle-field, But not for those who perished here. Behold the river-bank Whither the angry farmers came, In sloven dress…

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Berrying By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Berrying “May be true what I had heard, Earth’s a howling wilderness Truculent with fraud and force,” Said I, strolling through the pastures, And along…

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