Essays, First Series
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Spiritual Laws

The living Heaven thy prayers respect,
House at once and architect,
Quarrying man’s rejected hours,
Builds therewith eternal towers;
Sole and self-commanded works,
Fears not undermining days,
Grows by decays,
And, by the famous might that lurks
In reaction and recoil,
Makes flame to freeze, and ice to boil;
Forging, through swart arms of Offence,
The silver seat of Innocence.


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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