The House (Emerson)

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The House
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Published in Poems (1847).

The House

There is no architect
Can build as the Muse can;
She is skilful to select
Materials for her plan;

Slow and warily to choose
Rafters of immortal pine,
Or cedar incorruptible,
Worthy her design,

She threads dark Alpine forests
Or valleys by the sea
In many lands, with painful steps,
Ere she can find a tree.

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