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 a 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!
This poem is in the public domain.
About this Poem
“Forbearance” was published in Emerson’s book Poems (J. Munroe & Co., 1847).
Ralph Waldo Emerson
American poet, essayist, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803 in Boston.
Date Published: 2015-11-21
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/forbearance