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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
 
I. Poems
To Ellen
 
AND 1 Ellen, when the graybeard years
  Have brought us to life’s evening hour,
And all the crowded Past appears
  A tiny scene of sun and shower,
 
Then, if I read the page aright        5
  Where Hope, the soothsayer, reads our lot,
Thyself shalt own the page was bright,
  Well that we loved, woe had we not.
 
When Mirth is dumb and Flattery ’s fled,
  And mute thy music’s dearest tone,        10
When all but Love itself is dead
  And all but deathless Reason gone.
 
Note 1. These verses, never before printed, only bear the date “December;” probably the year was 1829. [back]
 
 
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