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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
To the Critic
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
I.
VEX not thou the poet’s mind
  With thy shallow wit:
Vex not thou the poet’s mind;
  For thou canst not fathom it.
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II.
Dark-browed sophist, come not anear;
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  Hollow smile and frozen sneer
    Come not here.
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The flowers would faint at your cruel cheer.
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In the heart of the garden the merry bird chants,
It would fall to the ground if you came in.        10
 
 
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