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   English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
764. The Apology
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
 
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THINK me not unkind and rude
  That I walk alone in grove and glen;
I go to the god of the wood
  To fetch his word to men.
 
Tax not my sloth that I        5
  Fold my arms beside the brook;
Each cloud that floated in the sky
  Writes a letter in my book.
 
Chide me not, laborious band,
  For the idle flowers I brought;        10
Every aster in my hand
  Goes home loaded with a thought.
 
There was never mystery
  But ’tis figured in the flowers;
Was never secret history        15
  But birds tell it in the bowers.
 
One harvest from thy field
  Homeward brought the oxen strong;
A second crop thine acres yield,
  Which I gather in a song.        20
 

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