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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
The Seer's Rations
By Amos Bronson Alcott (1799–1888)
 
TAKES sunbeams, spring waters,
Earth’s juices, meads’ creams,
Bathes in floods of sweet ethers,
Comes baptized from the streams;
Guest of Him, the sweet-lipp’d,        5
The Dreamer’s quaint dreams.
 
Mingles morals idyllic
With Samian fable,
Sage seasoned from cruets,
Of Plutarch’s chaste table.        10
 
Pledges Zeus, Zoroaster,
Tastes Cana’s glad cheer,
Sun’s, globes, on his trencher,
The elements there.
 
Bowls of sunrise for breakfast        15
Brimful of the East,
Foaming flagons of frolic
His evening’s gay feast.
 
Sov’reign solids of nature,
Solar seeds of the sphere,        20
Olympian viand
Surprising as rare.
 
Thus baiting his genius,
His wonderful word
Brings poets and sibyls        25
To sup at his board.
 
Feeds thus and thus fares he,
Speeds thus and thus cares he,
Thus faces and graces
Life’s long euthanasies,        30
 
His gifts unabated,
Transfigured, translated—
The idealist prudent,
Saint, poet, priest, student,
Philosopher, he.        35
 
 
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