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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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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 wasted on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, Why thou wert there, 0 rival of the rose ! I never...
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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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Swinton's Supplementary Readers, Volume 4

William Swinton, George Rhett Cathcart - 1880
...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...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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Standard Supplementary Readers, Book 4

William Swinton, George Rhett Cathcart - 1880
...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 might...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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The Family Library of Poetry and Song: Being Choice Selections from the Best ...

William Cullen Bryant - 1880 - 1065 pages
...brook : 'he purple petals fallen in the pool Made the black waters with their beauty gay, — 1ère g*2 f*2 f*2 thodora ! if the sages ask thee why 'his charm is wasted on the marsh and sky, )ear, tell them, that...
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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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A Festival of Art, Poetry and Song: Selections from the Greatest Poets of ...

Frederick Saunders - 1880 - 392 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 his plumes to cool, An;, court the flower that cheapens his array. Rhodora ! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted...
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The Fireside Encyclopaedia of Poetry: Comprising the Best Poems of the Most ...

Henry Troth Coates - 1881 - 1002 pages
...in a damp nook, To please the desert and the sluggish brook : The purple petals fallen in the pool 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 Library of Religious Poetry: A Collection of the Best Poems of All Ages ...

Philip Schaff, Arthur Gilman - 1880 - 1004 pages
...in a damp nook, To please the desert and the sluggish brook : The purple petals, fallen in the pool, marsh and sky, Dear, tell them that if eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for...
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