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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
 
VI. Poems of Youth and Early Manhood (1823–1834)
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THOUGH her eye seek other forms
And a glad delight below,
Yet the love the world that warms
Bids for me her bosom glow.
 
She must love me till she find        5
Another heart as large and true.
Her soul is frank as the ocean wind,
And the world has only two.
 
If Nature hold another heart
That knows a purer flame than me,        10
I too therein could challenge part
And learn of love a new degree.
  1829.
 
A DULL uncertain brain,
But gifted yet to know
That God has cherubim who go        15
Singing an immortal strain,
Immortal here below.
I know the mighty bards,
I listen when they sing,
And now I know        20
The secret store
Which these explore
When they with torch of genius pierce
The tenfold clouds that cover
The riches of the universe        25
From God’s adoring lover.
And if to me it is not given
To fetch one ingot thence
Of the unfading gold of Heaven
His merchants may dispense,        30
Yet well I know the royal mine,
And know the sparkle of its ore,
Know Heaven’s truth from lies that shine—
Explored they teach us to explore.
  1831.
 
 
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