Heroism

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 (Boston) – 1882 (Concord)



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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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 10

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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