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" Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing. Then Beauty is its own excuse for being: Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose! "
Every Day with Emerson - Page 89
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1902 - 99 pages
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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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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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Swinton's Supplementary Readers, Volume 4

William Swinton, George Rhett Cathcart - 1880
...might the red-bird come his plumes to cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array. Rhodora ! if 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 Festival of Art, Poetry and Song: Selections from the Greatest Poets of ...

Frederick Saunders - 1880 - 392 pages
...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 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
...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 if eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for...
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The Fireside Encyclopaedia of Poetry: Comprising the Best Poems of the Most ...

Henry Troth Coates - 1881 - 1002 pages
...might the red-bird come his plumes to cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array. Rhodora ! at Why thou wert there, О rival of the I never thought to ask, I never knew ; But in my simple ignorance...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson: His Life, Writings, and Philosophy

George Willis Cooke - 1881 - 390 pages
...a sympathy with nature so intimate and noble, as these that close this little poem : — " Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted on...for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being : Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose ! I never thought to ask, I never knew ; But, in my simple...
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A basil plant, Volume 1

Ethel Coxon - 1881
...Yes, a beautiful girl. I shall have to quote those two lines you are so fond of. ' Tell them, dear, if eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for being.' " " Beauty — yes," said Roland. " I haven't time to hear a lecture on aesthetics, though I should...
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A Year of Miracle: A Poem in Four Sermons

William Channing Gannett - 1881 - 106 pages
...surface? We used to account for it as sign of God's delight in beauty in itself. We used to say, " If eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being." Bu-t to-day, again, brings forward a new and richer thought, that all this beauty and fragrance is...
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