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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Brahma
By Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
 
[From Poems. Revised Edition. Edited by J. E. Cabot. 1884.]

IF the red slayer think he slays,
  Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
  I keep, and pass, and turn again.
 
Far or forgot to me is near;        5
  Shadow and sunlight are the same;
The vanished gods to me appear;
  And one to me are shame and fame.
 
They reckon ill who leave me out;
  When me they fly, I am the wings;        10
I am the doubter and the doubt,
  And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.
 
The strong gods pine for my abode,
  And pine in vain the sacred Seven;
But thou, meek lover of the good!        15
  Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.
 
 
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