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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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Familiar Quotations: Being an Attempt to Trace Their Sources, Passages and ...

John Bartlett - 1875 - 864 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. Here once the embattled farmers...
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Selected Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1876 - 218 pages
...in a damp nook, To please the desert and the sluggish biook. The purple petals, fallen in the pool, Made the black water with their beauty gay; Here might...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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A NEW LIBRARY OF POETRY AND SONG

WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT - 1876
...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...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 dictionary of poetical illustrations

Robert Aitkin Bertram - 1877
...please the desert and the sluggish brook ; The purple petals fallen in the pool Made the black waters, g damps, And dungeon horrors, by kind fate discharged,...prospects rise, His heart exults, his spirits cast their l marsh and sky, ' Dear, tell them, that if eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse...
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Letters of Chauncey Wright: With Some Account of His Life

Chauncey Wright, James Bradley Thayer - 1877 - 392 pages
...the exercises and disciplines which are serviceable to their use. One of your poets has said, — " If eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being." I do not know that I quite understand the logic of this, if any was meant. . . . There is an ellipsis...
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The Household Book of Poetry

Charles Anderson Dana - 1878 - 28 pages
...fallen in the pool Made the blank waters with their beaut; gayHere might the red-bird come his plumes U cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array....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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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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Choice Thoughts; Or, Selections from Nearly One Hundred and Fifty Different ...

Isaac Newton Carleton - 1878 - 132 pages
...petals fallen in the pool Made the black waters with their beauty gay; — Here 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...
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Poets' Homes: Pen and Pencil Sketches of American Poets and Their Homes

Arthur Gilman - 1879 - 232 pages
...recalling the lines : " 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. Why thou wast there, O, rival of the rose ! I never thought to ask. I never knew ; But in my simple ignorance,...
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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 on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear, that if . eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being. Why...
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