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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
 
II. May-Day and Other Pieces
Love and Thought
 
TWO 1 well-assorted travellers use
The highway, Eros and the Muse.
From the twins is nothing hidden,
To the pair is nought forbidden;
Hand in hand the comrades go        5
Every nook of Nature through:
Each for other they were born,
Each can other best adorn;
They know one only mortal grief
Past all balsam or relief;        10
When, by false companions crossed,
The pilgrims have each other lost.
 
Note 1. With this poem may be compared the seventh verse in “My Garden,” and passages in “Love” (Essays, First Series, pp. 175–177) and in “Manners” (Essays, Second Series, pp. 150, 151). [back]
 
 
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