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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Art and Nature
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
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  NATURE is made better by no mean,
But Nature makes that mean: so over that Art
Which you say adds to Nature is an Art
That Nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry
A gentler scion to the wildest stock,        5
And make conceive a bark of baser kind
By buds of nobler race. This is an Art
Which does mend Nature, change it rather; but
The Art itself is Nature.
 
 
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