Sunday, May 21, 2017

BW21: Happy Birthday Ralph Waldo Emerson

May 25, 1803 

This week is the anniversary of Ralph Waldo Emerson's birthday so thought I'd leave you with one of his poems.  His complete works including essays and poems are available online at RWE.ORG.

The House

There is no architect
Can build as the muse can
She is skilful to select
Materials for her plan;

Slow and warily to choose
Rafters of immortal pine,
Or cedar incorruptible,
Worthy her design.

She threads dark Alpine forests,
Or valleys by the sea,
In many lands, with painful steps,
Ere she can find a tree.

She ransacks mines and ledges,
And quarries every rock,
To hew the famous adamant,
For each eternal block.

She lays her beams in music,
In music every one,
To the cadence of the whirling world
Which dances round the sun.

That so they shall not be displaced
By lapses or by wars,
But for the love of happy souls
Outlive the newest stars.

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  1. I'm joining this challenge.
    It is the best way to keep me motivated!
    I'm posting my book I read this week.
    The Chouans by Balzac

    1. Excellent and welcome to 52 books. Look forward to hearing about your reads!


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