Essays, First Series
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Paradise is under the shadow of swords."
RUBY wine is drunk by knaves,
Sugar spends to fatten slaves,
Rose and vine-leaf deck buffoons;
Thunderclouds are Jove’s festoons,
Drooping oft in wreaths of dread
Lightning-knotted round his head;
The hero is not fed on sweets,
Daily his own heart he eats;
Chambers of the great are jails,
And head-winds right for royal sails.


History  •  I. History  •  Self-Reliance  •  II. Self-Reliance  •  Compensation  •  III. Compensation  •  Spiritual Laws  •  IV. Spiritual Laws  •  Love  •  V. Love  •  Friendship  •  VI. Friendship  •  Prudence  •  VII. Prudence  •  Heroism  •  VIII. Heroism  •  The Over-Soul  •  IX. The Over-Soul  •  Circles  •  X. Circles  •  Intellect  •  XI. Intellect  •  Art  •  XII. Art

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