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Forbearance (1847)

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882  

Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?
Loved the wood-rose, and left it on its stalk?
At rich men’s tables eaten bread and pulse?
Unarmed, faced danger with a heart of trust?
And loved so well a high behavior,
In man or maid, that thou from speech refrained,
Nobility more nobly to repay?
O, be my friend, and teach me to be thine!


Additional text by Tamara Cashour:


Oh my friend, whose heart is good,

How may I ever most nobly repay you?

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