Loss and Gain

Since my inability to come up with a poem with week, I decided to post a poem by one of my favorite poets. The following is a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson called Loss and Gain.

Virtue runs before the muse
And defies her skill,
She is rapt, and doth refuse
To wait a painter’s will.

Star-adoring, occupied,
Virtue cannot bend her,
Just to please a poet’s pride,
To parade her splendor.

The bard must be with good intent
No more his, but hers,
Throw away his pen and paint,
Kneel with worshippers.

Then, perchance, a sunny ray
From the heaven of fire,
His lost tools may over-pay,
And better his desire.

The poem is via Emersoncentral.com where you can go and read more of Emerson’s poems.

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