Essays, First Series
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Over-Soul

“BUT souls that of his own good life partake,
He loves as his own self; dear as his eye
They are to Him: He’ll never them forsake:
When they shall die, then God himself shall die:
They live, they live in blest eternity."
                                   Henry More.
Space is ample, east and west,
But two cannot go abreast,
Cannot travel in it two:
Yonder masterful cuckoo
Crowds every egg out of the nest,
Quick or dead, except its own;
A spell is laid on sod and stone,
Night and Day ’ve been tampered with,
Every quality and pith
Surcharged and sultry with a power
That works its will on age and hour.


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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