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" 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... "
English Grammar - Page 172
by Chestine Gowdy - 1901 - 209 pages
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Select Essays and Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1808 - 120 pages
...cheapens his array. Rhodora ! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted on the earth and sky, 10 Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,...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 is...
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The Poets and Poetry of America: With an Historical Introduction

Rufus Wilmot Griswold - 1842 - 468 pages
...way. Rhodora ! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted on the marsh and sky. Dear, tell them, 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 [you....
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The Poets and Poetry of America

Rufus Wilmot Griswold - 1845 - 476 pages
...sages ask thec why This charm is wasted on the marsh and sky, Dear, tell them, that if eves were m:ule 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 [you....
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Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1847 - 251 pages
...the bush with God may meet? THE RHODORA: ON BEING ASKED, WHENCE IS THE FLOWER? IN May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes, I found the fresh Rhodora in...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...
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Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1847 - 199 pages
...the bush with God may meet. THE RHODORA, ON BEING ASKED, WHENCE IS THE FLOWER. IN May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes, I found the fresh Rhodora in...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...
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The North American Review, Volume 71

1850
...discover. " Rhodona ! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasicd on the marsh and sky, Dear, tell them, 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...
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Songs of Labor, and Other Poems

John Greenleaf Whittier - 1851 - 127 pages
...6. For the idea of this line, I am indebted to Emerson, in his inimitable sonnet to the Rhodora : " If eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being." NOTE 2, page 54. Winnipiseogee : " Smile of the Great Spirit." NOTE 3, page 70. This legend is the...
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Garden Walks with the Poets

Caroline Matilda Kirkland - 1852 - 340 pages
...plumes to cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array. Rhodora ! if the sages ask thee why Thy charm is wasted on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear,...beauty is its own excuse for being. Why thou wert here, O rival of the rose ! I never thought to ask — I never knew ; But, in my simple ignorance,...
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The Poets and Poetry of America: To the Middle of the Nineteenth Century

Rufus Wilmot Griswold - 1852 - 550 pages
...Rhodora ! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted on the marsh and sky, Dear, tell them, (hat 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 [youThe...
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The Poets and Poetry of America

Rufus Wilmot Griswold - 1855 - 622 pages
...why This charm is wasted on the marsh and skv. Dear, tell them, that if eyes were made (or secir.; Then beauty is its own excuse for being. Why, thou wert there, O, rival of the rose ! [ never thought to ask, I never knew, But in my simple ignorance suppose [vw...
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