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Written By Ellen Louisa Tucker Shortly Before
Her Marriage To Mr. Emerson

Love scatters oil
On Life’s dark sea,
Sweetens its toil–
Our helmsman he.

Around him hover
Odorous clouds;
Under this cover
His arrows he shrouds.

The cloud was around me,
I knew not why
Such sweetness crowned me.
While Time shot by.

No pain was within,
But calm delight,
Like a world without sin,
Or a day without night.

The shafts of the god
Were tipped with down,
For they drew no blood,
And they knit no frown.

I knew of them not
Until Cupid laughed loud,
And saying “You’re caught!”
Flew off in the cloud.

O then I awoke,
And I lived but to sigh,
Till a clear voice spoke,–
And my tears are dry.