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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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Teach me I am forgotten by the dead

 
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Teach me I am forgotten by the dead
And that the dead is by herself forgot
And I no longer would keep terms with me.
I would not murder, steal, or fornicate,
Nor with ambition break the peace of towns
But I would bury my ambition
The hope & action of my sovereign soul
In miserable ruin. Nor a hope
Should ever make a holiday for me
I would not be the fool of accident
I would not have a project seek an end
That needed aught
Beyond the handful of my present means
The sun of Duty drop from his firmament
To be a rushlight for each petty end
I would not harm my fellow men
On this low argument, 'twould harm myself.







This poem appeared in Poem-A-Day on May 25, 2013. Browse the Poem-A-Day archive.
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