Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the red slayer think he slays,
Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
I keep, and pass, and turn again.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Brahma," May-Day and Other Pieces (1867).

The first version of this was called "Song of the Soul."
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