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Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Collected Poems and Translations


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Collected Poems and Translations

 
"A surprise awaits those who think of Emerson only as an essayist... For a personal close-up of a public man, here are evidences of eros, mourning and celebration."
—Christian Century
 
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Poems (1847)

  • The Sphinx
  • Each and All
  • The Problem
  • To Rhea
  • The Visit
  • Uriel
  • The World-Soul
  • Alphonso of Castile
  • Mithridates
  • To J. W.
  • Fate
  • Guy
  • Tact
  • Hamatreya
  •  Earth-Song
  • Good-Bye
  • The Rhodora
  • The Humble-Bee
  • Berrying
  • The Snow-Storm
  • Woodnotes, I
  • ———— II
  • Monadnoc
  • Fable
  • Ode
  • Astræa
  • Etienne de la Boéce
  • Suum Cuique
  • Compensation
  • Forbearance
  • The Park
  • Forerunners
  • Sursum Corda
  • Ode to Beauty
  • Give All to Love
  • To Ellen
  • To Eva
  • The Amulet
  • Thine Eyes Still Shined
  • Eros
  • Hermione
  • Initial, Dæmonic, and Celestial Love
  • The Apology
  • Merlin, I
  • ——— II
  • Bacchus
  • Loss and Gain
  • Merops
  • The House
  • Saadi
  • Holidays
  • Painting and Sculpture
  • From the Persian of Hafiz
  • Ghaselle
  • Xenophanes
  • The Day's Ration
  • Blight
  • Musketaquid
  • Dirge
  • Threnody
  • Hymn, Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument
May-Day and other pieces (1867)
  • May-Day
  • The Adirondacs
  • Occasional and Miscellaneous Pieces
    • Brahma
    • Nemesis
    • Fate
    • Freedom
    • Ode Sung in the Town Hall, Concord, July 4, 1857
    • Boston Hymn
    • Voluntaries
    • Love and Thought
    • Lover's Petition
    • Una
    • Letters
    • Rubies
    • Merlin's Song
    • The Test
    • Solution
  • Nature and Life
    • Nature
    • The Romany Girl
    • Days
    • The Chartist's Complaint
    • My Garden
    • The Titmouse
    • Sea-Shore
    • Song of Nature
    • Two Rivers
    • Waldeinsamkeit
    • Terminus
    • The Past
    • The Last Farewell
    • In Memoriam
  • Elements
    • Experience
    • Compensation
    • Politics
    • Heroism
    • Character
    • Culture
    • Friendship
    • Beauty
    • Manners
    • Art
    • Spiritual Laws
    • Unity
    • Worship
  • Quatrains
  • Translations
from Selected Poems (1876)
  • The Harp
  • April
  • Wealth
  • Maiden Speech of the æolian Harp
  • Cupido
  • The Nun's Aspiration
  • Hymn Sung at the Second Church, Boston, at the Ordination of Rev. Chandler Robbins
  • Boston
Other Published Poems and Translations
  • William Rufus and the Jew
  • Fame
  • Silence
  • Mottoes to "History"
  • Grace
  • The Three Dimensions
  • Motto to "The Poet"
  • Motto to "Gifts"
  • Motto to "Nature"
  • Motto to "Nominalist and Realist"
  • My Thoughts
  • Motto to "Prudence"
  • Motto to "Circles"
  • Motto to "Intellect"
  • Motto to "Nature"
  • Motto to "New England Reformers"
  • Motto to "Fate"
  • Motto to "Power"
  • Motto to "Considerations by the Way"
  • Motto to "Illusions"
  • The cup of life is not so shallow
  • Where is Skrymir? Giant Skrymir?
  • There are beggars in Iran and Araby
  • Quoth Saadi, when I stood before
  • South Wind
  • Translations
Manuscript Poems and Translations
Manuscript poems are presented in their approximate order of composition; some poems cannot be dated. Translations are arranged by author.
  • No. 13 Hymn Written in Concord Sept. 1814
  • On the Death of Mr. John Haskins
  • Lines on the Death of Miss. M. B. Farnham
  • Poem on Eloquence by R. W. Emerson
  • Original—"Apropos"
  • William does thy frigid soul
  • Song
  • Perhaps thy lot in life is higher
  • Valedictory Poem
  • From Frodmer's Drama "The Friends"
  • By the unacknowledged tie
  • Idealism
  • I spread my gorgeous sail
  • A Shout to the Shepherds
  • I wear no badge; no tinsel star
  • I love thy music, mellow bell
  • I rake no coffined clay, nor publish wide
  • O What have I to do
  • Have ye seen the caterpillar
  • The panoply of Paradise is mine
  • No fate, save by the victim's fault, is low
  • When success exalts thy lot
  • The spirits of the wise, sit on the clouds
  • Let not conceited sages laugh aloud
  • My days roll by me like a train of dreams
  • One hand washes the other
  • Whoso alas is young
  • When thy soul
  • The blackbird's song the blackbird's song
  • I am an exile from my home; heavily
  • He must have
  • St. Augustine
  • Awed I behold once more
  • An ancient lady who dwelt in Rome
  • Be of good cheer, brave spirit; steadfastly
  • The winds are cold, the days are dark
  • Written in Sickness
  • Oil & Wine
  • All that thy virgin soul can ask be thine
  • That wandering fire to me appears
  • Though her eye seek other forms
  • Dear Ellen, many a golden year
  • I call her beautiful;—she says
  • I've found the dainty malice out
  • And do I waste my time
  • And though he dearly prized the bards of fame
  • And Ellen, when the greybeard years
  • The brave Empedocles defying fools
  • Dear brother, would you know the life
  • Dost thou not hear me Ellen
  • Teach me I am forgotten by the dead
  • Why should I live
  • Shall the Muse sing for thousands & not sing
  • What from this barren being do we reap
  • Dust unto dust! and shall no more be said
  • The days pass over me
  • Why fear to die
  • I am alone. Sad is my solitude
  • On thee has God conferred
  • All the great & good
  • Seemed to me—never maid
  • Where art thou
  • I live among ideal men
  • What avails it me
  • She never comes to me
  • Leave me, Fear! thy throbs are base
  • Γνωθι Σεαυτον
  • A dull uncertain brain
  • There is in all the sons of men
  • I will not live out of me
  • Hard is it to persuade the public mind of its plain duty & true interest
  • Always day & night
  • Hearst thou, sweet spirit, thou hast heard before—
  • None spares another yet it pleases me
  • Written in Naples, March, 1833
  • What is it to sail
  • Alone in Rome! Why Rome is lonely too
  • At Sea, September 1833
  • I will not hesitate to speak the word
  • The Sun is the sole inconsumable fire
  • Poem, Spoken Before the ΦΒΚ Society
  • O what is Heaven but the fellowship
  • Ah strange strange strange
  • See yonder leafless trees against the sky
  • Do that which you can do
  • Few are free
  • Van Buren
  • The Future
  • Rex
  • Written in a Volume of Goethe
  • I left my dreamy page & sallied forth
  • S.R.
  • Philosophers are lined with eyes within
  • The simple people each with basket or tool
  • On bravely through the sunshine & the showers
  • Let me go where e'er I will
  • And when I am entombed in my place
  • Bard or dunce is blest, but hard
  • It takes philosopher or fool
  • Tell men what they knew before
  • I use the knife
  • There is no evil but can speak
  • The sea reflects the rosy sky
  • In this sour world, o summerwind
  • Look danger in the eye it vanishes
  • As I walked in the wood
  • I sat upon the ground
  • Good Charles the springs adorer
  • Around the man who seeks a noble end
  • In the deep heart of man a poet dwells
  • O what are heroes prophets men
  • Yet sometime to the sorrow stricken
  • When thou sittest moping
  • Woods
  • I have supped with the gods tonight
  • Once the priest
  • Natures web star broidered
  • For that a man is a mark
  • The Bohemian Hymn
  • Kind & holy were the words
  • Bluebeard. Let the gentle wife prepare
  • Divine Inviters! I accept
  • Go if thou wilt ambrosial Flower
  • In Walden wood the chickadee
  • Star seer Copernicus
  • At last the poet spoke
  • The Discontented Poet: a Masque
  • — — Love
  • Hold of the Maker, not the made
  • He walked the streets of great New York
  • The Archangel Hope
  • Atom from atom yawns as far
  • I grieve that better souls than mine
  • Nantasket
  • Water
  • Where the fungus broad & red
  • The Skeptic
  • When Jane was absent Edgar's eye
  • I have found a nobler love
  • Fine presentiments controlled him
  • We sauntered amidst miracles
  • This world is tedious
  • What are all the flowers
  • A pair of crystal eyes will lead me
  • Knows he who tills this lonely field
  • Far seen the river glides below
  • From the stores of eldest Matter
  • And the best gift of God
  • Stout Sparta shrined the god of Laughter
  • Brother, no decrepitude
  • Who knows this or that
  • Saadi loved the new & old
  • But if thou do thy best
  • An ancient drop of feudal blood
  • These trees like tho'ts that to visions congeal
  • Vain against him were hostile blows
  • Like vaulters in the circus round
  • If he go apart
  • Nature will not lose
  • The crowning hour when bodies vie with souls
  • And as the light divided the dark
  • When devils bite
  • Comfort with a purring cat
  • I cannot find a place so lonely
  • He whom God had thus preferred
  • Bended to fops who bent to him
  • On that night the poet went
  • Ye have Grace
  • The Dervish whined to Said
  • Life is great
  • The husband has the nearest acres
  • From a far mountain creeping down
  • In dreamy woods, what forms abound
  • But O to see his solar eyes
  • Who saw the hid beginnings
  • What never was not, & still will be
  • Enough is done highminded friend go sleep
  • Thou shalt make thy house
  • The gods walk in the breath of the woods
  • Would you know what joy is hid
  • Tell me maiden dost thou use
  • I have no brothers & no peers
  • Solar insect on the wing
  • And man of wit & mark
  • I know the appointed hour
  • You shall not love me for what daily spends
  • Elizabeth Hoar
  • Proteus
  • To every creature
  • Cloud upon cloud
  • Since the devil hopping on
  • Samson stark at Dagon's knee
  • Pour the wine! pour the wine
  • Heartily heartily
  • Poets are colorpots
  • Thanks to those who go & come
  • Is Jove immortal
  • Heartily heartily sing
  • Thank the gods thy governors
  • If thy body pine
  • Scholar is a ball thats spent
  • Ask not treasures from his store
  • King.If farmers make my land secure
  • Intellect
  • Chladni strewed on glass the sand
  • I must not borrow light
  • Go into the garden
  • But as this fugitive sunlight
  • Comrade of the snow & wind
  • God only knew how Saadi dined
  • Friends to me are frozen wine
  • That each should in his house abide
  • New England Capitalist
  • On a raisin stone
  • Go out into Nature and plant trees
  • But God will keep his promise yet
  • Poet of poets
  • The patient Pan
  • To transmute crime to wisdom, & to stem
  • Pale Genius roves alone
  • Burn your literary verses
  • Intellect / Gravely broods apart on joy
  • What all the books of ages paint, I have
  • The civil world will much forgive
  • Mask thy wisdom with delight
  • Roomy Eternity
  • Dark Flower of Cheshire garden
  • Terminus
  • I to my garden went
  • More sweet than my refrain
  • Wisp & meteor nightly falling
  • God The Lord save Massachusetts
  • A poet is at home
  • O Boston city lecture-hearing
  • A patch of meadow & upland
  • And he like me is not too proud
  • Parks & ponds are good by day
  • Cloud upon cloud
  • For Lyra yet shall be the pole
  • A score of airy miles will smooth
  • All things rehearse
  • Webster
  • The atom displaces all atoms beside
  • I have an arrow that can find its mark
  • From high to higher forces
  • All day the waves assailed the rock
  • Honor bright o muse
  • Such another peerless queen
  • See how Romance adheres
  • With the key of the secret he marches faster
  • For what need I of book or priest
  • And rival Coxcombs with enamored stare
  • For joy & beauty planted it
  • Papas Blondine
  • The Asmodaean feat be mine
  • A puff of air or dry or damp
  • Coin the daydawn into lines
  • He loved to watch & wake
  • She walked in flowers around my field
  • The bird was gone   the ghastly trees
  • Pedants all
  • If bright the sun, he tarries
  • Teach me your mood, O patient stars!
  • O sun! take off thy hood of clouds
  • As the drop feeds its fated flower
  • I leave the book, I leave the wine
  • Gentle Spring has charmed the earth
  • The coral worm beneath the sea
  • Easy to match what others do
  • If wishes would carry me over the land
  • Maia
  • Seyd planted where the deluge ploughed
  • For every god
  • For Genius made his cabin wide
  • He lives not who can refuse me
  • Forbore the ant hill, shunned to tread
  • By art, by music, overthrilled
  • Borrow Urania's subtile wings
  • The comrade or the book is good
  • Is the pace of nature slow
  • Why honor the new men
  • I never knew but one
  • Think not the gods receive thy prayer
  • Turtle in swamp
  • Inspired we must forget our books
  • She had wealth of mornings in her year
  • When wrath & terror changed Jove's regal port
  • Softens the air so cold & rude
  • Spices in the plants that run
  • She paints with white & red the moors
  • The Earth
  • The sun athwart the cloud thought it no sin
  • October woods, wherein
  • How drearily in College hall
  • If curses be the wage of love
  • The land was all electric
  • For Nature true & like in every place
  • History & prophecy are alike
  • The coil of space the cones of light
  • The heavy blue chain
  • This shining hour is an edifice
  • He could condense cerulean ether
  • The sparrow is rich in her nest
  • James Russell Lowell
  • Ever the Rock of Ages melt
  • But never yet the man was found
  • From Nature's beginning
  • A queen rejoices in her peers
  • By kinds I keep my kinds in check
  • But Nature whistled with all her winds
  • Dear are the pleasant memories
  • The genial spark the poet felt
  • One night he dreamed of a palace fair
  • The low December vault in June be up-lifted high
  • At Plymouth in the friendly crowd
  • Old Age
  • To the Clock
  • Nature says
  • Shun passion, fold the hands of thrift
  • To the mizen, the main, & the fore
  • The rules to men made evident
  • Too late the anxious fire came
  • His instant thought the Poet spoke
  • Try the might the Muse affords
  • Saadi held the Muse in awe
  • No song so tuneful, quoth the fox
  • Life
  • Song of Taliesin
  • Seemed, tho' the soft sheen all enchants
  • Nature saith
  • Illusions like the tints of pearl
  • Inscription on a Well in Memory of the Martyrs of the War
  • Letters
  • May
  • The Miracle
  • A dangerous gift & grace is mine
  • And hungry Debt beseiged my door
  • Use will in man new grace reveal
  • Put in, drive home the sightless wedges
  • What flowing central forces, say
  • The best of life is presence of a muse
  • The Pilgrims
  • I care not whither I may go
  • I am not black in my mind
  • Eve roved in Paradise, I've heard
  • Trimountain
  • For Lucifer, that old athlete
  • Traitors tho' plumed & steel equipped
  • The Muse
  • In my garden three ways meet
  • Thermometer
  • Nature
  • Seashore
  • Things oft miscalling, as the hen-
  • On the chamber, on the stairs
  • Ah! not to me these dreams belong
  • "For deathless powers to verse belong
  • Upon a rock yet uncreate
Translations
  • Boy bring the bowl full of wine
  • Who royally bedded
  • Desire no bread, forsake the guest hall of the earth
  • The red rose blooms
  • Many our needs, yet we spare prayers
  • Early after the long night revel
  • Thou who with thy long hair
  • Art thou wise, four things resign
  • Knowst thou the luck the friends face to see
  • Untruth is become the mode
  • Novice, hear me what I say
  • Lament not, o Hafiz, the distribution
  • Hafiz thou art from Eternity
  • Hafiz since on the world
  • I said to the East wind
  • We wish like the glass
  • When in eternity the light
  • Secretly to love & to drink, what is it? tis a dissolute day's work
  • This effervescing gentleman who despises a secret
  • Stand up, that we may sacrifice the soul
  • O friend blame not Hafiz
  • The way of love is unlimited
  • His learning truly lifted Hafiz to Heaven
  • Thousand dangers of ruin has the street of love
  • Bring wine release me
  • Blame me not thou hoarse preacher
  • I never went out of my country
  • For his constant dwelling place has Hafiz
  • Our Shah's counsel is the efflux
  • If thy darling favor thee
  • No physician has a balsam for my wo
  • Spare thou neither time nor blood for thy friend
  • It is certain that who his mind
  • Who dedicates himself to the glass
  • Wine resembles the Lord Jesus
  • Drink till the turbans are all unbound
  • So long as there's a trace
  • To whom a glass full of red wine
  • In bounding youth the night & rain
  • The ninefold table of Heaven
  • Should I shed my tears
  • Prince the ball of heaven should
  • Since you set no worth on the heart
  • Now tells the flower
  • Good is what goes on the road of Nature
  • Reach me wine No counsel weakens the conclusion of the lot
  • Has thine enemy slandered thy house
  • Yet all come out of this, that one door
  • Hear what the glass will tell thee
  • Free thyself from wo
  • And had Hafiz
  • Thy songs O Hafiz
  • Who compares a poem
  • Thy poems Hafiz shame the rose leaves
  • In the kingdom of Poesy Hafiz waves like a banner
  • Where o where is the message which today
  • Come let us strew roses
  • Who gave thy cheek the mixed tint
  • Drink, hear my counsel, my son, that the world fret thee not
  • Ruler after word & thought
  • O follow the sonnet's flight
  • O Hafiz, give me thought
  • In thy holiday of life
  • The roguish wind and I
  • The treacherous wind pipes a lewd song
  • We would do nought but good
  • Lo! where from Heaven's high roof
  • Drink wine, and the heaven
  • A stately bride is the shining world
  • Who ever suffered as I from separation
  • I shall go from my sickbed to heaven
  • See & hear the fraud, the malice of the change of fortune
  • Who loves his friend with his heart of hearts
  • Had I the world for my enemy
  • Salve senescentem
  • The pain of love's a better fate
  • In Senahar, my first born sleeps
  • Unbar the door, since thou the Opener art
  • For two rewards, & nought beside
  • Shah Sandschar, whose lowest slave
  • Wilt thou life's best elixir drain
  • The Soul
  • Teach your child to earn his meal
  • Only three things lengthen life
  • For pearls, plunge in the sea
  • Arabian Ballad
  • Fortune and Hope! I've made my port
  • Alas, Alas, that I am betrayed
  • Wo is me woe's me when I think
  • Sweet, sweet, is sleep,—Ah! sweet, sweeter, to be stone
  • The power of a beautiful face lifts me to heaven
  • Dante's Vita Nuova

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