Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 - 1882 / Boston / United States)

The Apology

Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think me not unkind and rude
That I walk alone in grove and glen;
I go to the god of the wood
To fetch his word to men.

Tax not my sloth that I
Fold my arms beside the brook;
Each cloud that floated in the sky
Writes a letter in my book.

Chide me not, laborious band,
For the idle flowers I brought;
Every aster in my hand
Goes home loaded with a thought.

There was never mystery
But 'tis figured in the flowers;
Was never secret history
But birds tell it in the bowers.

One harvest from thy field
Homeward brought the oxen strong;
A second crop thine acres yield,
Which I gather in a song.

Comments about The Apology by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Sad Lonely Guy (5/24/2018 1:14:00 PM)

    Very Good, Especiallly When You Want To Apologize To Someone.

    Very Good Poem(Report)Reply

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  • Naresh (12/30/2017 9:33:00 AM)

    Nice it s good line(Report)Reply

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  • Erin Stone (6/27/2005 10:49:00 PM)

    i love ralph waldo emerson i love this poem.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003