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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
V. Appendix
The Waterfall
A PATCH of meadow upland
  Reached by a mile of road,
Soothed by the voice of waters,
  With birds and flowers bestowed. 1
Hither I come for strength        5
  Which well it can supply,
For Love draws might from terrene force
  And potencies of sky.
The tremulous battery Earth
  Responds to the touch of man;        10
It thrills to the antipodes,
  From Boston to Japan.
The planets’ child the planet knows
  And to his joy replies;
To the lark’s trill unfolds the rose,        15
  Clouds flush their gayest dyes.
When Ali prayed and loved
  Where Syrian waters roll,
Upward the ninth heaven thrilled and moved
  At the tread of the jubilant soul.        20
Note 1. In addition to his Walden wood-lots, Mr. Emerson bought one on the edge of Lincoln, for the sake of a miniature waterfall in a little brook, the outlet of Flint’s Pond. Mr. Thoreau showed him additional charms, certain shrubs and flowers not plentiful in Concord that grew on its banks,—veratrum with its tropical growth, trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, yellow violets, and the hornbeam, arrow-wood and a bush of mountain laurel. It was a wonderful resort for the various kinds of thrushes. [back]

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