Date: 1881 Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson American 1803 – 1882 Ralph Waldo Emerson was an essayist, philosopher, lecturer and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.
Who gave thee, O Beauty, The keys of this breast,— Too credulous lover Of blest and unblest? Say, when in lapsed ages Thee knew I of old; Or what was the service For which I was sold? When first my eyes saw thee, I found me thy thrall, By magical drawings, Sweet tyrant of all! … Continue reading Ode to Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson
That you are fair or wise is vain, Or strong, or rich, or generous; You must have also the untaught strain That sheds beauty on the rose. There is a melody born of melody, Which melts the world into a sea: Toil could never compass it; Art its height could never hit; It came never … Continue reading Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson