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Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Forbearance


Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?
Loved the wood-rose, and left it on its stalk?
At rich menТs 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!

1842

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ralph Waldo Emerson's other poems:
  1. To Rhea
  2. The Problem
  3. To J.W.
  4. Alphonso of Castile
  5. The World-Soul


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Forbearance ("Gently I took that which ungently came")

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