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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
The Tribute
By Coventry Patmore (1823–1896)
 
NO splendor ’neath the sky’s proud dome
  But serves for her familiar wear;
The far-fetch’d diamond finds its home
  Flashing and smouldering in her hair;
For her the seas their pearls reveal;        5
  Art and strange lands her pomp supply
With purple, chrome, and cochineal,
  Ochre, and lapis lazuli;
The worm its golden woof presents;
  Whatever runs, flies, dives, or delves,        10
All doff for her their ornaments,
  Which suit her better than themselves;
And all, by this their power to give
  Proving her right to take, proclaim
Her beauty’s clear prerogative        15
  To profit so by Eden’s blame.
 
 
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