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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
 
I. Poems
Fable
 
THE MOUNTAIN 1 and the squirrel
Had a quarrel,
And the former called the latter ‘Little Prig;’
Bun replied,
‘You are doubtless very big;        5
But all sorts of things and weather
Must be taken in together,
To make up a year
And a sphere.
And I think it no disgrace        10
To occupy my place.
If I ’m not so large as you,
You are not so small as I,
And not half so spry.
I ’ll not deny you make        15
A very pretty squirrel track;
Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut.’
 
Note 1. This little poem was probably written in 1845. Mr. Emerson liked it well enough to include it in the Selected Poems. [back]
 
 
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