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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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Good-night Poetry(Bedside Poetry)

Wendell P. Garrison (comp) - 1890
...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...for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being: Why thou wert there, 0 rival of the rose ! I never thought to ask, I never knew; But, in my simple...
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Arbor Day Manual: An Aid in Preparing Programs for Arbor Day Exercises ...

Charles Rufus Skinner - 1890 - 456 pages
...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...for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for being. Why thou wert there, О rival of the rose ! I never thought to ask, I never knew; But, in my simple...
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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
...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...for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being: Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose! But, in my simple ignorance, suppose The self-same Power...
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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
...(1. 68-69) AA; AmPP; AnAmPo; AWP; LiTA; NAAL-1; NOBA; NoP; OxBA; TAP; WGRP The Rhodora 42 Rhodora! . 1—6) 7 "Forsooth, let go!" But when we come where...HAP; NAEL-1; NIP; NoP; OBSC; PoE Jack and Joan th Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose! I never thought to ask, I never knew: But, in my simple ignorance,...
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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
...temporal dissolve become altogether clear as we reach what we realize is the poem's peroration: 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 ignorance,...
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Planting an Inheritance: Life on a Pennsylvania Farm

Edwin A. Peeples - 1994 - 216 pages
...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...for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being. . . 216 (continued from front flap) and neighbor Funderwite, an irascible farmer armed with a pitchfork....
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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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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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