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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to India
Brahma
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
 
IF the red slayer think he slays,
  Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
  I keep, and pass, and turn again.
 
Far or forgot to me is near,        5
  Shadow and sunlight are the same.
The vanished gods to me appear,
  And one to me are shame and fame.
 
They reckon ill who leave me out;
  When me they fly, I am the wings,        10
I am the doubter and the doubt,
  And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.
 
The strong gods pine for my abode,
  And pine in vain the sacred Seven;
But thou, meek lover of the good!        15
  Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.
 
 
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