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Ralph Waldo Emerson - Compensation

Why should I keep holiday,
When other men have none?
Why but because when these are gay,
I sit and mourn alone.

And why when mirth unseals all tongues
Should mine alone be dumb?
Ah! late I spoke to silent throngs,
And now their hour is come.

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Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poem: Compensation
Poem of the Day: Oct 12 2011

Comment 3 of 3, added on October 25th, 2005 at 8:30 PM.

my bad, that was probibly around 1842 that his son died, but dont take my word for it. sry

Sarah from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on October 25th, 2005 at 8:24 PM.

I know Emerson had many people in his life that have died and I know that had effected his writing, especially the death of his son. His son died some time around 1742 so i was wondering when this and some of Emerson's other pieces were written to be able to paralel these happenings. If anyone knows, can you post it? thanx

Sarah from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on April 11th, 2005 at 5:49 PM.

this poem was so wonderful.Ralph Waldo Emerson has so real great skills. Its about time that I got around to reading his poems.Its just so wonderful.
~i give a thanks to the best poem writer

keryka from United States

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