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  • The quote "Earth laughs in flowers" by Ralph Waldo Emerson is a lovely sentiment when taken out of context. In the poem's context however, it's an important message about the immortal force created long before we existed and which will remain long after we’re gone.

    Bulkeley, Hunt, Willard, Hosmer, Meriam, Flint,
    Possessed the land which rendered to their toil
    Hay, corn, roots, hemp, flax, apples, wool, and wood.
    Each of these landlords walked amidst his farm,
    Saying, “’Tis mine, my children’s and my name’s.
    How sweet the west wind sounds in my own trees!
    How graceful climb those shadows on my hill!
    I fancy these pure waters and the flags
    Know me, as does my dog: we sympathize;
    And, I affirm, my actions smack of the soil.”

    Where are these men? Asleep beneath their grounds:
    And strangers, fond as they, their furrows plough.
    Earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys
    Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs;
    Who steer the plough, but cannot steer their feet
    Clear of the grave.
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