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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Days
By Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
 
DAUGHTERS of Time, the hypocritic Days,
Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes
And marching single in an endless file,
Bring diadems and faggots in their hands.
To each they offer gifts after his will—        5
Bread, kingdoms, stars, and sky that holds them all.
I, in my pleachèd garden, watch’d the pomp,
Forgot my morning wishes, hastily
Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day
Turn’d and departed silent. I, too late,        10
Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.
 
 
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