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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 [compiled] by J. Bartlett. Author's ed

Familiar quotations - 1883
...thine. Good By. 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. Here once the embattled farmers stood. And fired the shot heard round the world. Hymn...
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The Wesleyan Sunday-school magazine [afterw.] The Wesleyan ..., Volume 9

1883
...for they are not expensive decorations ; their use and their beauty are alike a plea for them, for "if eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for being." Some people, doubtless, object strongly against school decoration that is pictorial if it represents...
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Southwestern Journal of Education, Volume 8

1890
...desert and the sluggish brook. The purple petals, fallen in the pool, Make the dark water with the beauty gay; Here might the red-bird come his plumes...cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array. D-AFFODIL. I am the Daffodil. The dainty Lady Daffodil Hath donned her amber gown, And on her fair...
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Papers of the Manchester Literary Club, Volume 10

Manchester Literary Club - 1884
...gives his answer in words of the greatest simplicity, and which have yet the note of true poetry : . if eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being : Why them wert there, O rival of the rose ! I never thought to ask, I never knew ; But, in my simple ignorance,...
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Wheels and Whims: An Etching

Florine Thayer McCray, Esther Louise Smith - 1884 - 288 pages
...wheels and falling back into line with the others, "so much for impressionism. I can do better than that: ' If eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for being.'" " Original, of course! Suppose nobody knows Emerson but Miss Wright," quickly retorted Mrs. Mather....
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Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine

1885
...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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Beautiful Wild Flowers of America, from Original Water-color Drawings After ...

Isaac Sprague - 1885 - 82 pages
...please the desert and a 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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Flowers and Ferns of America, Volume 1

Alpheus Baker Hervey - 1885
...please the desert and a 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 beaut}7 is its own excuse for...
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Glimpses of the Animate World; Or, Science and Literature of Natural History ...

1885 - 414 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...cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array. 2. Rhodora ! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear,...
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Poets of America

Edmund Clarence Stedman - 1885 - 516 pages
...home." " What are they all, in their high conceit, When man in the bush with God may meet ? " " — If eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being." " Leave all thy pedant lore apart, God hid the whole world in thy heart." " And conscious Law is King...
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