Nonfiction > Verse > Ralph Waldo Emerson > The Complete Works > Poems
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
 
VI. Poems of Youth and Early Manhood (1823–1834)
Good Hope
 
THE CUP 1 of life is not so shallow
That we have drained the best,
That all the wine at once we swallow
And lees make all the rest.
 
Maids of as soft a bloom shall marry        5
As Hymen yet hath blessed,
And fairer forms are in the quarry
Than Phidias released.

  1827.
 
Note 1. These verses show reviving life, and very likely were written when, in December, 1827, the young minister, going to Concord, New Hampshire, to preach, first saw Ellen Tucker, a beautiful girl of seventeen. [back]
 
 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors