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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803—1882) American philosopher and poet


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Poem by Emerson, published in 1839 and reprinted in Poems (1847). In six stanzas of irregular four-stress couplets, the verses celebrate the wisdom and virtues of the “yellow-breeched philosopher,” who mocks at care, “sipping only what is sweet,” and taking account of only what is cheerful and excellent.

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