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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
From King Lear
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
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                O HEAVENS,
If you do love old men, if your sweet sway
Allow obedience, if yourselves are old,
Make it your cause; send down, and take my part!
*        *        *        *        *
RUMBLE thy belly-full! Spit, fire! spout, rain!        5
Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters:
I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness,
I never gave you kingdom, called you children;
You owe me no subscription; why then, let fall
Your horrible pleasure; here I stand your slave,        10
A poor infirm, weak, and despised old man;—
But yet I call you servile ministers,
That have with two pernicious daughters joined
Your high-engendered battles ’gainst a head
So old and white as this. O! O! ’tis foul!        15
 
 
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