Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 - 1882 / Boston / United States)

Heroism - Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ruby wine is drunk by knaves,
Sugar spends to fatten slaves,
Rose and vine-leaf deck buffoons;
Thunder-clouds are Jove's festoons,
Drooping oft in wreaths of dread,
Lightning-knotted round his head;
The hero is not fed on sweets,
Daily his own heart he eats;
Chambers of the great are jails,
And head-winds right for royal sails.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010



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