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Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Past


The debt is paid,
The verdict said,
The Furies laid,
The plague is stayed,
All fortunes made;
Turn the key and bolt the door,
Sweet is death forevermore.
Nor haughty hope, nor swart chagrin,
Nor murdering hate, can enter in.
All is now secure and fast;
Not the gods can shake the Past;
Flies-to the adamantine door
Bolted down forevermore.
None can re-enter there,Ч
No thief so politic,
No Satan with a royal trick
Steal in by window, chink, or hole,
To bind or unbind, add what lacked,
Insert a leaf, or forge a name,
New-face or finish what is packed,
Alter or mend eternal Fact. 



Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ralph Waldo Emerson's other poems:
  1. Alphonso of Castile
  2. To Rhea
  3. The Visit
  4. Each and All
  5. Mithridates


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Percy Shelley The Past ("Wilt thou forget the happy hours")
  • Henry Timrod The Past ("To-dayТs most trivial act may hold the seed")
  • Ella Wilcox The Past ("Fling my past behind me, like a robe")

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