The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in 12 vols. Fireside Edition (Boston and New York, 1909). http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1964,
Vol. 9 of the 12 volume Fireside edition of the works of Emerson.
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This poem was begun several years before the War, but was not finished until the occasion of its delivery in 1873, the anniversary festival, when the piece was entirely remodelled.
Some of the suppressed stanzas are here given.
The poem began thus:—
After the lines on Lafayette followed these stanzas:—
Selected Poems: Little Classic Edition.
A part of this motto was taken from The Poet, an early poem ever published by Mr. Emerson. See Appendix.
This poem was begun as early as 1831, probably earlier, and received additions for more than twenty years, but was never completed. In its early form, it was entitled, The Discontented Poet, A Masque.
The poem “Beauty,” the motto for the Essay bearing that name, was originally part of this poem.
This poem on the memories and associations of the field by the Concord River where Mr. Emerson and his brothers walked in their youth, is probably of earlier date than The Dirge, with which it has two verses in common.
This poem represents the early form of My Garden, which, in years, grew from this beginning.