Forbearance
By Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Forbearance
By Ralph Waldo Emerson
(25 May 1803 27 Apri1 1882)

Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?
Loved the wood-rose, and left it on its stalk?
At rich men's tables eaten bread and pulse?
Unarmed, faced danger with heart of trust?
And loved so well a high behavior,
In man or maid, that thou from speech refrained,
Nobility more nobly to repay?
O, be my friend, and teach me to be thine!

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