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

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803–1882

Ralph Waldo Emerson

47 Sacrifice

THOUGH love repine, and reason chafe,

There came a voice without reply,—

“’T is man’s perdition to be safe,

When for the truth he ought to die.”