“Compensation” Lyrics by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Album Release Year: 1847
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Why should I keep holiday
        When other men have none?
Why but because, when these are gay,
        I sit and mourn alone?

And why, when mirth unseals all tongues,
        Should mine alone be dumb?
Ah! late I spoke to silent throngs,
        And now their hour is come.

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