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" 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! "
Every Day with Emerson - Page 89
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1902 - 99 pages
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Select Essays and Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1808 - 120 pages
...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, 10 Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being : Why...
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The Poets and Poetry of America: With an Historical Introduction

Rufus Wilmot Griswold - 1842 - 468 pages
...beauty gsy ; Young RAPHAEL might covet such a school; The lively show beguiled me from my 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...
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Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1847 - 199 pages
...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...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...
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Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1847 - 251 pages
...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...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...
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The Ladies' Companion

1857
...might the red bird come his plume to cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array, Rhodora ! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted on...for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for being. Why thou wert there, 0 rival of the rose, I never thought to ask — I never knew ; But in my simple...
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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...
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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,...for seeing, Then 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...
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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...
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Gift of Flowers: Love's Wreath for 1854

Rufus Wilmot Griswold - 1854 - 287 pages
...gay ; Young RAPHAEL might covet such a school ; The lively show beguiled me from my 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...
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