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COPYRIGHT, 1870, BY RALPH WALDO EMERSON
COPYRIGHT, 1883, 1898, 1904, AND 1912, BY EDWARD W. EMERSON
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
SOCIETY AND SOLITUDE
SEYD melted the days like cups of pearl,
Or gleam which use can paint on steel,
Princely women hard to please,
Fenced by form and ceremony,
Decked by courtly rites and dress
And etiquette of gentilesse.
But when the mate of the snow and wind,
He left each civil scale behind:
Him wood-gods fed with honey wild
And of his memory beguiled.
In caves and hollow trees he crept
As if in him the welkin walked,
The winds took flesh, the mountains talked,
Sphered and concentric with the whole.