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The Rhodora

By Emerson, Ralph Waldo

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Book Id: WPLBN0000711634
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: The Rhodora  
Author: Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: 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 desert and the sluggish brook. // The purple petals fallen in the pool // Made the black water with their beauty gay; // Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool, // And court the flower that cheapens his array. // Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why // This charm is wasted on the earth and sky, // Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing, // Then beauty is its own excuse for Being; // Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose! // I never thought to ask; I never knew; // But in my simple ignorance suppose // The self-same power that brought me there, brought you.


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