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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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Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Richard Garnett - 1888 - 207 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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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
...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...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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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 Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - 1992 - 1132 pages
...in my ear, (1. 68-69) AA; AmPP; AnAmPo; AWP; LiTA; NAAL-1; NOBA; NoP; OxBA; TAP; WGRP The Rhodora 42 r own. (1. 1—6) 7 "Forsooth, let go!" But when we come where comfort is, Sh Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being: Why thou...
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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
...ostentatious "Made the black water with their beauty gay." The detail to follow "Here might the red bird come his plumes to cool/ And court the flower that cheapens his array" seems not only gratuitous but self-reflexively so, with the bird's "cheapened array" reflecting back...
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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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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 wasted on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear, That if eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being. . . 216...
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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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