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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Lines to Alexander Pope
By David Lewis
WHILE malice, Pope, denies thy page
Its own celestial fire;
While critics, and while bards in rage,
Admiring, won’t admire:
While wayward pens thy worth assail,        5
And envious tongues decry;
These times, though many a friend bewail,
These times bewail not I.
But when the world’s loud praise is thine,
And spleen no more shall blame:        10
When with thy Homer thou shalt shine
In one unclouded fame:
When none shall rail, and every lay
Devote a wreath to thee;
That day, (for come it will,) that day        15
Shall I lament to see.

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