The Apology


Ralph Waldo Emerson



THINK me not unkind and rude

  That I walk alone in grove and glen;

I go to the god of the wood

  To fetch his word to men.


Tax not my sloth that I

  Fold my arms beside the brook;

Each cloud that floated in the sky

  Writes a letter in my book.


Chide me not, laborious band,

  For the idle flowers I brought;

Every aster in my hand

  Goes home loaded with a thought.


There was never mystery

  But ‘tis figured in the flowers;

Was never secret history

  But birds tell it in the bowers.


One harvest from thy field

  Homeward brought the oxen strong;

A second crop thine acres yield,

  Which I gather in a song.