Berrying

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Berrying
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Published in Poems (1847)

Berrying

'May be true what I had heard,—
Earth's a howling wilderness,
Truculent with fraud and force,'
Said I, strolling through the pastures,
And along the river-side.
Caught among the blackberry vines,
Feeding on the Ethiops sweet,
Pleasant fancies overtook me.
I said, 'What influence me preferred,
Elect, to dreams thus beautiful?'
The vines replied, 'And didst thou seem
No wisdom from our berries went?'

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.