Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Poetic License-Ralph Waldo Emerson 1802-1883



By Ralph Waldo Emerson 

What boots it, thy virtue, 
What profit thy parts, 
While one thing thou lackest, 
The art of all arts! 
The only credentials, 
Passport to success, 
Opens castle and parlor, 
Address, man, Address. 

The maiden in danger 
Was saved by the swain, 
His stout arm restored her 
To Broadway again: 

The maid would reward him, 
Gay company come, 
They laugh, she laughs with them, 
He is moonstruck and dumb. 

This clenches the bargain, 
Sails out of the bay, 
Gets the vote in the Senate, 
Spite of Webster and Clay; 

Has for genius no mercy, 
For speeches no heed, 
It lurks in the eyebeam, 
It leaps to its deed. 

Church, tavern, and market, 
Bed and board it will sway; 
It has no to-morrow, 
It ends with to-day. 

Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson 


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