Essays, First Series
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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GIVE to barrows trays and pans
Grace and glimmer of romance,
Bring the moonlight into noon
Hid in gleaming piles of stone;
On the city’s paved street
Plant gardens lined with lilac sweet,
Let spouting fountains cool the air,
Singing in the sun-baked square.
Let statue, picture, park and hall,
Ballad, flag and festival,
The past restore, the day adorn
And make each morrow a new morn
So shall the drudge in dusty frock
Spy behind the city clock
Retinues of airy kings,
Skirts of angels, starry wings,
His fathers shining in bright fables,
His children fed at heavenly tables.
’Tis the privilege of Art
Thus to play its cheerful part,
Man in Earth to acclimate
And bend the exile to his fate,
And, moulded of one element
With the days and firmament,
Teach him on these as stairs to climb
And live on even terms with Time;
Whilst upper life the slender rill
Of human sense doth overfill.


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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