Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems (96 Poems)


    The Past (Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems)

    The debt is paid,The verdict said,The Furies laid,The plague is stayed,All fortunes made;Turn the key and bolt the door,Sweet is death forevermore.Nor haughty hope, nor swart chagrin,Nor murdering hate, can enter in.All is now secure and fast;Not the gods can … Continue reading



    Manners (Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems)

    Grace, Beauty, and CapriceBuild this golden portal;Graceful women, chosen men,Dazzle every mortal.Their sweet and lofty countenanceHis enchanted food;He need not go to them, their formsBeset his solitude.He looketh seldom in their face,His eyes explore the ground,–The green grass is a … Continue reading



    The Chartist’s Complaint (Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems)

    Day! hast thou two faces,Making one place two places?One, by humble farmer seen,Chill and wet, unlighted, mean,Useful only, triste and damp,Serving for a laborer’s lamp?Have the same mists another side,To be the appanage of pride,Gracing the rich man’s wood and … Continue reading



    Self Reliance (Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems)

    HENCEFORTH, please God, forever I foregoThe yoke of men’s opinions. I will beLight-hearted as a bird, and live with God.I find him in the bottom of my heart,I hear continually his voice therein.horizontal dotted lineThe little needle always knows the … Continue reading



    Poems (Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems)

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    Character (Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems)

    The sun set, but set not his hope:Stars rose; his faith was earlier up:Fixed on the enormous galaxy,Deeper and older seemed his eye;And matched his sufferance sublimeThe taciturnity of time.He spoke, and words more soft than rainBrought the Age of … Continue reading



    Culture (Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems)

    Can rules or tutors educateThe semigod whom we await?He must be musical,Tremulous, impressional,Alive to gentle influenceOf landscape and of sky,And tender to the spirit-touchOf man’s or maiden’s eye:But, to his native centre fast,Shall into Future fuse the Past,And the world’s … Continue reading



    Grace (Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems)

    How much, preventing God! how much I oweTo the defenses thou hast round me set:Example, custom, fear, occasional slow,These scorned bondmen were my parapet.I dare not peep over this parapetTo gauge with glance the roaring gulf below,The depths of sin … Continue reading



    Waves (Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems)

    ALL day the waves assailed the rock, I heard no church-bell chime;The sea-beat scorns the minster clock And breaks the glass of Time. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



    Monadnoc (Ralph Waldo Emerson Poem)

    Thousand minstrels woke within me, “Our music’s in the hills; “- Gayest pictures rose to win me, Leopard-colored rills. Up!-If thou knew’st who calls To twilight parks of beech and pine, High over the river intervals, Above the ploughman’s highest … Continue reading




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