Emerson for your Friday…

An Address…

in this refulgent summer,it has been a luxury to draw the breath of life.The grass grows, the buds burst, the meadow is spotted with fire and gold in the tint of flowers. the air is full of birds, and sweet with the breath of the pine, the balm-of-Gilead, and the new hay.Night brings no gloom to the heart with its welcome shade.Through the transparent darkness the stars pour their almost spiritual rays.Man under them seems a young child,and his huge globe a toy..This address was given to the senior class of the Harvard Divinity School 07/15/1838.

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Emerson for your Friday…

<To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and what he touches. One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime. Seen in the streets of cities, how great they are! If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.

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Emerson for your Monday…

To speak truly,few adult adult persons can see nature.Most persons do not see the sun…The sun illuminates only the eye of the man,but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.His intercourse with heaven and earth becomes part of his daily food.In the presence of nature a wild delight runs through the man,in spite of real sorrows.From “Nature”-Emerson’s first book-1836

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