Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 - 1882 / Boston / United States)

Self Reliance Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson


HENCEFORTH, please God, forever I forego
The yoke of men's opinions. I will be
Light-hearted as a bird, and live with God.
I find him in the bottom of my heart,
I hear continually his voice therein.
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The little needle always knows the North,
The little bird remembereth his note,
And this wise Seer within me never errs.
I never taught it what it teaches me;
I only follow, when I act aright.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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