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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse. 1912.

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803–1882

Ralph Waldo Emerson

46 Heri, Cras, Hodie

SHINES the last age, the next with hope is seen,

To-day slinks poorly off unmarked between:

Future or Past no richer secret folds,

O friendless Present! than thy bosom holds.