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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
 
V. Appendix
The Walk
 
A QUEEN rejoices in her peers,
And wary Nature knows her own
By court and city, dale and down,
And like a lover volunteers,
And to her son will treasures more        5
And more to purpose freely pour
In one wood walk, than learned men
Can find with glass in ten times ten. 1
 
Note 1. Mr. Emerson, after a happy walk with Thoreau, wrote in his journal in 1857: “To Nero advertising for a new pleasure, a walk in the woods should have been offered. ’T is one of the secrets for dodging old age.” [back]
 
 
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