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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
I. Poems
The Amulet
YOUR 1 picture smiles as first it smiled;
  The ring you gave is still the same;
Your letter tells, O changing child!
  No tidings since it came.
Give me an amulet        5
  That keeps intelligence with you,—
Red when you love, and rosier red,
  And when you love not, pale and blue.
Alas! that neither bonds nor vows
  Can certify possession;        10
Torments me still the fear that love
  Died in its last expression.
Note 1. This poem, with the same subject and date as the two others by Mr. Emerson which precede it, was published by him in the Dial in July, 1842. [back]

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