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" OUR age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation... "
Essays, orations and lectures - Page 1
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 385 pages
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The Christian Ambassador, Volume 13

1875
...: "Our age is retrospective. It built the sepulchers of the fathers. . . . The foregoing generation beheld God and nature face to face ; we, through their...the universe ? Why should not we have a poetry and philosphy of insight, and not of tradition ; and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history...
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The Prose Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: In Two Volumes, Volume 1

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1875
...the spires of form. INTRODUCTION. /^^VUR age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the \_^J fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism....through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an i original relation to the universe ? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and...
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Sermons on the International Sunday-school Lessons for 1876-19 ..., Volume 19

Monday Club (Boston). - 1893
...The words of Emerson are true: " Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchers of the fathers. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes." Occasionally we leave the past and dream of a God that is to be. We are going to him. We are to see...
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The Works of Orestes A. Brownson: Philosophy of religion

Orestes Augustus Brownson - 1883
...essay, entitled Nature, first published in 1836. We quote a- few paragraphs from the introduction : " Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...to face; we through their eyes. Why should, not we enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and a philosophy of insight...
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Platt's essays, Volume 2

James Platt - 1883
...angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk by us still." BEAUMONT AND FLETCHEB. " OUB age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers; it writes biographies, histories, and criticisms. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we still see too much through...
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Emerson's Complete Works: Nature, addresses and lectures

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883
...retrospeetive. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographics, historics, and eriticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face ; we through thcir eyes. AVhy should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have...
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Miscellanies

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1884 - 321 pages
...be man, the worm Mount* through all the spires of form. V . r . •t ' V • . > INTRODUCTION. Ouu age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of...should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe1 Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Paper Read Before the New York Genealogical and ...

William Hague - 1884 - 31 pages
...book, the writer appealed to the century against the primary claim of Christianity, exclaiming : " The foregoing generations beheld God and Nature face...face ; we, through their eyes : why should not we enjoy also an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of...
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The Genius and Character of Emerson: Lectures at the Concord School of ...

Concord School of Philosophy - 1884 - 447 pages
...original relations with God. It is the same spirit as that of the opening lines of " Nature : " — "The foregoing generations beheld God and Nature face to face ; we through their eyes. Why should not wo also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not wo have a poetry and philosophy...
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Books on legal and constitutional history

George J. Johnson - 1885
...this, and expressed it clearly in those remarkable words with which his Essay on Nature begins : " Our •" age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It •" writes biographies, history, criticism." Those words were written nearly fifty years ago, and every subsequent year's experience...
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