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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
I. Poems
‘MAY 1 be true what I had heard,—
Earth ’s a howling wilderness,
Truculent with fraud and force,’
Said I, strolling through the pastures,
And along the river-side.        5
Caught among the blackberry vines,
Feeding on the Ethiops sweet,
Pleasant fancies overtook me.
I said, ‘What influence me preferred,
Elect, to dreams thus beautiful?’        10
The vines replied, ‘And didst thou deem
No wisdom from our berries went?’ 2
Note 1. Although Mr. Emerson did not give these verses a place among the Selected Poems, they are kept here as giving a pleasant picture of him strolling through the remote pastures on an August afternoon. [back]
Note 2. In some manuscript copies, the last line has “to our berries went,” in others “from,” which seems to have been preferred. [back]

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