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Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Essays, Second Series 

by Ralph Waldo Emerson 

THE POET. 

A moody child and wildly wise
Pursued the game with joyful eyes,
Which chose, like meteors, their way,
And rived the dark with private ray:
They overleapt the horizon's edge,
Searched with Apollo's privilege;
Through man, and woman, and sea, and star
Saw the dance of nature forward far;
Through worlds, and races, and terms, and times
Saw musical order, and pairing rhymes. 

Olympian bards who sung
Divine ideas below,

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