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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
American poet, essayist, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803 ...
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Water

 
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The water understands
Civilization well;
It wets my foot, but prettily,
It chills my life, but wittily,
It is not disconcerted,
It is not broken-hearted:
Well used, it decketh joy,
Adorneth, doubleth joy:
Ill used, it will destroy,
In perfect time and measure
With a face of golden pleasure
Elegantly destroy.






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