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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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Books for a Reference Library: Being Lectures on the Books in the ..., Volume 1

Birmingham Public Libraries - 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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Literature: Ralph Waldo Emerson. France and Voltaire. Voltaire and Frederick ...

Herman Friedrich Grimm - 1886 - 297 pages
...the weight of history and traditions sent over to them from the Old World. "Our age," Nature begins, "is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the...the universe ? Why should not we have a poetry and a philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history...
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Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Massachusetts Historical Society - 1886
...qualities. It begins thus, with statements which were then paradoxes, but are now commonplaces : — " Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, criticisms. The foregoing generations beheld God and Nature face to face ; we, through their eyes....
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American Literature, 1607-1885: The development of American thought

Charles Francis Richardson - 1886
...thoughts and utterance. The the teacher. same S pi r it breathes through a thousand variant words : Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, criticisms. The foregoing generations beheld God and Nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why...
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American Literature 1607-1885, Volume 1

Charles Francis Richardson - 1889
...his thoughts and utterance. The the teacher. same gpirjt breathes through a thousand variant words : Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, criticisms. The foregoing generations beheld God and Nature face to face ; we, through their eyes....
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Life Notes: Or, Fifty Years' Outlook

William Hague - 1888 - 362 pages
...new book the writer appealed to the century against the primary claim of Christianity, exclaiming, " The foregoing generations beheld God and Nature face...to 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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My Study Fire, Volume 2

Hamilton Wright Mabie - 1894
...his authority rests on his own clarity of vision and directness of insight. " Our age," says Emerson, "is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the...we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season...
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Studies in Education: Science, Art, History

Burke Aaron Hinsdale - 1896 - 384 pages
...shonld not ascend to the head-springs of thought, feeling, and life. As Mr. Emerson voices this demand: Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of iiisight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed...
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Nineteenth Century Questions

James Freeman Clarke - 1897 - 368 pages
...hundred pages, called " Nature," published in 1836, indicates all these qualities. It begins thus:— " Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, criticisms. The foregoing generations beheld God and Nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why...
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A History of English Romanticism in the Eighteenth Century

Henry Augustin Beers - 1898 - 455 pages
...declaration of independence; and it asked, in substance, the question asked in Emerson's " Nature " : " Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" Pope had said, in his " Essay on Criticism," * " follow Nature," and in order to follow Nature, learn...
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