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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson. (1803–1882) (continued)
    Good bye, proud world! I’m going home;
Thou art not my friend; I am not thine. 1 
          Good Bye.
    For what are they all in their high conceit,
When man in the bush with God may meet?
          Good Bye.
            If eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being. 2 
          The Rhodora.
    Things are in the saddle,
  And ride mankind. 3 
          Ode, inscribed to W. H. Channing.
    Olympian bards who sung
  Divine ideas below,
Which always find us young
  And always keep us so.
          Ode to Beauty.
    Heartily know,
When half-gods go,
The gods arrive.
          Give all to Love.
    Love not the flower they pluck and know it not,
And all their botany is Latin names.
    The silent organ loudest chants
  The master’s requiem.
    By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
  Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
  And fired the shot heard round the world. 4 
          Hymn sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument.
Note 1.
See Byron, page 544. [back]
Note 2.
See Mrs. Browning: Aurora Leigh, Book I:
        The beautiful seems right,
  By force of beauty. [back]
Note 3.
I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.—Rumbold (when on the scaffold). [back]
Note 4.
No war or battle sound
Was heard the world around.
Milton: Hymn of Christ’s Nativity, line 31. [back]