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Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 - 1882 / Boston / United States)

Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson

41. In Memoriam 4/6/2010
42. Initial Love 1/13/2003
43. Letters 4/6/2010
44. Loss And Gain 1/13/2003
45. Love And Thought 4/6/2010
46. Lover's Petition 4/6/2010
47. Manners 4/6/2010
48. May-Day 4/6/2010
49. Merlin I 1/13/2003
50. Merlin II 1/13/2003
51. Merlin's Song 4/6/2010
52. Merops 1/13/2003
53. Mithridates 1/13/2003
54. Monadnoc 1/13/2003
55. Musketaquid 1/13/2003
56. My Garden 1/3/2003
57. Nature 4/6/2010
58. Nemesis 1/3/2003
59. Ode 1/3/2003
60. Ode To Beauty 1/13/2003

Water

The water understands
Civilization well;
It wets my foot, but prettily,
It chills my life, but wittily,
It is not disconcerted,
It is not broken-hearted:
Well used, it decketh joy,
Adorneth, doubleth joy:
Ill used, it will destroy,
In perfect time and measure
With a face of golden pleasure
Elegantly destroy.

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