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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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American Literature 1607-1885, Volume 1

Charles Francis Richardson - 1889
...possibility and a high obligation ; nature was the mirror of deity ; and beauty — " Tell, them, dear, if eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for being." Emerson had now fairly entered upon his literary career. He was lecturing in Boston every winter, on...
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The Private Melville

Philip Young - 2010
...(Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1964), 292, 280. "The Rhodora, " six lines of which — ending, "if eyes were made for seeing, / Then Beauty is its own excuse for being" — are still in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Emerson, a biographer observes, was "searching tirelessly...
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American Literature and the Destruction of Knowledge: Innovative Writing in ...

Ronald E. Martin - 1991 - 391 pages
...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...for being: Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose! But, in my simple ignorance, suppose The self-same Power that brought me there brought you. 3 Presumably...
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Moods of the Ohio Moons: An Outdoorsman's Almanac

Merrill C. Gilfillan - 1991 - 137 pages
...Blue cohosh berries contrast pleasantly with the fallen yellow leaves. Then one may say with the poet, "If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being." impressions. Each region has its own unique charm and value. Ohio is 27 percent forested, and forests...
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The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry

Elisa New, New Elisa, Powell M Cabot Professor of American Literature Elisa New - 1993 - 278 pages
...answer desire but rather judges it unwarranted. Yearning snaps back on itself in aphorism preprepared. "Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, / Then Beauty is its own excuse for being." Such lines as would intensify and virtualize the ripening of need never come. Instead, the poet suggests...
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Planting an Inheritance: Life on a Pennsylvania Farm

Edwin A. Peeples - 1994 - 216 pages
...care? Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote one of the loveliest answers to these questions in The Rhodora: . . .Rhodora! If the sages ask thee why This charm is...for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being. . . 216 (continued from front flap) and neighbor Funderwite, an irascible farmer armed with a pitchfork....
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Feminist Measures: Soundings in Poetry and Theory

Lynn Keller - 1994 - 410 pages
...Moore's advice tries to resocialize the rose, to turn it away from such haunting background lyrics as "Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, / Then Beauty is its own excuse for being" and "gather ye rosebuds while ye may." For as we know, a rose is often sent as a message to decode...
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Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Contemporary Reviews

John L. Idol, Jr, John L. Idol, Buford Jones - 1994 - 518 pages
...ask for more than meets the eye and touches the heart in that exquisite little fancy? 'Sure, if our eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being.' But nothing about our author delights us so much as the quietness — the apparent leisure, with which...
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Moments of Reflection

Jean Howarth, Mike Walton - 1995 - 472 pages
...NOVEMBER) Today I will make room to be refreshed and restored by the healing power of music. Year 7:2 If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being. RALPH WALDO EMERSON, IN DAYS OF HEALING, DAYS OF JOY (5 JUNE) If we work so hard and are so busy that...
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Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

Mary Oliver - 1998 - 194 pages
...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...Then Beauty is its own excuse for being: Why thou were there, O rival of the rose! I never thought to ask, I never knew: But, in my simple ignorance,...
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