|Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:|
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. VIVIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 18351860
|By Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)|
[From Poems. Revised Edition. Edited by J. E. Cabot.
DAUGHTERS of Time, the hypocritic Days,
|Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,|
|And marching single in an endless file,|
|Bring diadems and fagots in their hands.|
|To each they offer gifts after his will,|| 5|
|Bread, kingdoms, stars, and sky that holds them all.|
|I, in my pleachèd garden, watched the pomp,|
|Forgot my morning wishes, hastily|
|Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day|
|Turned and departed silent. I, too late,|| 10|
|Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.|