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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
 
II. May-Day and Other Pieces
Rubies
 
THEY brought me rubies from the mine,
  And held them to the sun;
I said, they are drops of frozen wine
  From Eden’s vats that run.
 
I looked again,—I thought them hearts        5
  Of friends to friends unknown;
Tides that should warm each neighboring life
  Are locked in sparkling stone.
 
But fire to thaw that ruddy snow,
  To break enchanted ice,        10
And give love’s scarlet tides to flow,—
  When shall that sun arise? 1
 
Note 1. There is another pleasing form of the last verse:—
  But fire to thaw that ruddy snow,
  To break the wine-drop’s prison
And give love’s scarlet tides to flow,—
  That sun is yet unrisen.
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