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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1803–1882
 
40. Fable
 
THE MOUNTAIN and the squirrel 
Had a quarrel; 
And the former called the latter "Little Prig." 
Bun replied, 
"You are doubtless very big;         5
But all sorts of things and weather 
Must be taken in together, 
To make up a year 
And a sphere. 
And I think it no disgrace  10
To occupy my place. 
If I'm not as large as you, 
You are not so small as I, 
And not half so spry. 
I'll not deny you make  15
A very pretty squirrel track; 
Talents differ; all is well and wisely put; 
If I cannot carry forests on my back, 
Neither can you crack a nut." 
 
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