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" Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for being... "
Select Essays and Poems - Page 96
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1898 - 120 pages
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New Cyclopaedia of Poetical Illustrations: Adapted to Christian Teaching ...

1872 - 696 pages
...sluggish brook ; The purple petals fallen in the pool fgay — Hade the black waters, with their beauty grown too dull to hear, [dead-; Gold — where the...senses it should please are Wreaths — where the I if the sages ask theo why This charm is wasted on the marsh and sky, Dear, tell them, that if eyes...
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The Ladies' Repository, Volumes 47-48

1872
...rose-purple flowers. " Its purple petals fAllen in the pool Make the black waters with their beauties Ray— Here might the redbird come his plumes to cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array." The low Sheep Laurel has red flowers resembling the Mountain Laurel, but much smaller. The Pipsissewa...
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Songs of Nature

1873 - 160 pages
...please the desert and the sluggish brook : The purple petals, fallen in the pool, Made the black waters with their beauty gay ; Here might the red-bird come...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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A Library of Poetry and Song: Being Choice Selections from the Best Poets

William Cullen Bryant - 1873 - 789 pages
...please the desert and the sluggish brook : The purple petals fallen in the pool Made the black waters (lower that cheapens his array. Rhodora ! if the sages ask thce why This charm is wasted on the marsh...
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The Complete Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier - 1873 - 395 pages
...For the idea of this line, I am indebted to Emerson, in his inimitable sonnet to the Ehodora, — " If eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being." NOTE 42, page 121. Among the earliest converts to the doctrines of Friends in Scotland was Barclay...
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Quiet Hours: A Collection of Poems

1874 - 182 pages
...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 gay ; Here...thee why This charm is wasted on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being : Why thou...
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Old and New, Volume 9

Edward Everett Hale - 1874
...and the sluggish hrook, The purple petals, fallen in the pool, Made the black water with their beanty gay: Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array." Where the bushes, were thickset, the accumulated blossoms, together with their reflections in the water,...
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Familiar Quotations: Being an Attempt to Trace to Their Source Passages and ...

John Bartlett - 1874 - 778 pages
...thine. Good-Bye. What are they all in their high conceit, When man in the bush with God may meet ? Ibid. If eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being. The Rhodora. The silent organ loudest chants The master's requiem. Dirge. Here once the embattled farmers...
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Beginning again, a continuation of Work, Volume 11

Louisa May Alcott - 1875
...all kinds, and love to make it if I can without stopping for any reason but the satisfaction." " ' Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, " ' Then beauty is its own excuse for being,' " observed David, who had a weakness for poetry, and, finding she liked his sort, quoted to Christie...
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WORK: A STORY OF EXPERIENCE

LOUISA M. ALCOTT - 1875
...all kinds, and love to make it if I can without stopping for any reason but the satisfaction.'* " * Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, " * Then beauty is its own excuse for being/ " observed David, who had a weakness for poetry, and, finding she liked his sort, quoted to Christie...
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