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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Royalty
By David Atwood Wasson (1823–1887)
 
THAT regal soul I reverence, in whose eyes
Suffices not all worth the city knows
To pay that debt which his own heart he owes;
For less than level to his bosom rise
The low crowd’s heaven and stars: above their skies        5
Runneth the road his daily feet have pressed;
A loftier heaven he beareth in his breast,
And o’er the summits of achieving hies
With never a thought of merit or of meed;
Choosing divinest labors through a pride        10
Of soul, that holdeth appetite to feed
Ever on angel-herbage, nought beside;
Nor praises more himself for hero-deed
Than stones for weight, or open seas for tide.
 
 
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