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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, 0 rival of the rose! "
An Emerson Calendar - Page 44
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1905 - 117 pages
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Poetical Works

John Greenleaf Whittier - 1878
...For the idea of this line, I am in1 debted to Emerson, in his inimitable sonnet to the Rhodora, — " If eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being. ' ' NOTE 4z, page 151. Among the earliest converts to the doctrines of Friends in Scotland was Barclay...
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The Household Book of Poetry

Charles Anderson Dana - 1878 - 28 pages
...beaut; gayHere might the red-bird come his plumes U cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array. 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 excuso for...
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Choice Thoughts; Or, Selections from Nearly One Hundred and Fifty Different ...

Isaac Newton Carleton - 1878 - 132 pages
...might the red -bird come his plumes to cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array. Ehodora ! 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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Poets' Homes: Pen and Pencil Sketches of American Poets and Their Homes

Arthur Gilman - 1879 - 232 pages
...flower, which is one of the very earliest to greet us in the spring, without recalling the lines : " Rhodora, if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted...Then Beauty is its own excuse for being. Why thou wast there, O, rival of the rose I I never thought to ask. I never knew ; But in my simple ignorance,...
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Transactions of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Massachusetts Horticultural Society - 1879
...Canadensia, with its rose-purple flowers in umbel-like clusters, blooming before the leaves appear. " Rhodora ! if the sages ask thee why This charm is...Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, 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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General Sketch of the History of Pantheism, Volume 2

Constance E. Plumptre - 1879
...And Kmerson announces his belief in his own brotherhood even with the flowers by the beautiful verse, Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose, I never thought to ask, I never knew, Hut in my simple ignorance suppose The »elf-sumc Powcr that brought me here brought you. Itut another...
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Landscape in American Poetry

Lucy Larcom - 1879 - 124 pages
...hang its twin-born heads ; or that which, unveiling the woodland retreat of the Rhodora, assures us that — If eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for being. When we read Emerson's poetry, we can scarcely think of surfaces and outlines ; we are in the very...
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Fragments of Science: A Series of Detached Essays, Addresses, and ..., Volume 2

John Tyndall - 1879
...joyfully acknowledged his brotherhood with the flower — Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose I I never thought to ask, I never knew, But in my simple ignorance supposed The self -same power that brought me there brought you.1 A few exceptions to the general state...
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Education, Volume 24

1904
...ugly. I regret that I have not been able to find a satisfactory definition of beauty. Emerson says that " If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being." But unfortunately just now we are not looking for excuses, but for a definition. So I have taken the...
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The Phrenological Journal and Life Illustrated, Volumes 72-73

1880
...so eloquent an exponent. Every line is weighty; the sense clear; each word in its proper place : '* If eyes were made for seeing. Then beauty is its own excuse for being," compares well with the one famous line of Keats. We can safely promise the reader he will discover...
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