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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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Souvenirs d'enfance et de jeunesse

Ernest Renan - 1902 - 257 pages
...the other branches of human culture." 2 A few believers in direct vision, like Emerson, protested : " Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticisms." But in this matter Emerson's voice was that of one crying in the wilderness. The fascination...
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A First View of English Literature

William Vaughn Moody, Robert Morss Lovett - 1905 - 386 pages
..."Our age is reduced to the sepulchre of the fathers; it writes biographies, histories, and criticisms. The foregoing generations beheld God and Nature face...also enjoy an original relation to the Universe?" He tells of the delight he feels in the presence of God's creation, and sees in it a source not merely...
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American Thought: From Puritanism to Pragmatism

Woodbridge Riley - 1915 - 373 pages
...challenge to originality resembles the first address of Emerson, in this very spot, a generation before. " Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? " asks the transcendentalist. " Why should not we have a philosophy of insight and not of tradition...
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Outlines of English and American Literature

William Joseph Long - 1917 - 557 pages
...melodiously in winds or waters ; and always it is an inspiration to learn wisdom at first hand : " 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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The System of Animate Nature: The Gifford Lectures Delivered in ..., Volume 1

John Arthur Thomson - 1920
...as many children have, such as Emerson referred to when he said : " The earlier generations saw God face to face ; we through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to Nature ? " It might be thought that the more science grows the more feeling should deepen. " All knowledge,"...
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The Untried Civilization

John William Frazer - 1921 - 137 pages
..."The foregoing generations," wrote Emerson in words that are as applicable to our times as to his, "beheld God and nature face to face; we through their...enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should we not have a poetry and a philosophy of insight instead of traditions, and religion by revelation...
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A First View of English Literature

William Vaughn Moody, Robert Morss Lovett - 1923 - 424 pages
..."Our age is reduced to the sepulchre of the fathers; it writes biographies, histories, and criticisms. The foregoing generations beheld God and Nature face...also enjoy an original relation to the Universe?" He tells of the delight he feels in the presence of God's creation, and sees in it a source not merely...
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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 91

1903
...influence Emerson has exerted through •his call to look at all reality immediately, at first hand. "The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face ; we through their eyes. Why xshould not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe ? " Again, he says, " Yourself a newborn...
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Religious Thought in the Nineteenth Century

Bernard M. G. Reardon - 1966 - 406 pages
...originality, in thought and experience, cultivated. 'The foregoing generations," he wrote in Nature, 'beheld God and Nature face to face; we, through their...also enjoy an original relation to the Universe?' And again, 'In the soul let redemption be sought. Refuse the good models, even those which are sacred...
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Language As Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, and Method

Kenneth Burke - 1966 - 514 pages
...the city of God which had been shown! (This passage presumably refers to a spot in the Introduction: "The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face: we, through their eyes." And at that point, of course, one might turn aside to mention the favored role of eye-imagery in Emerson's...
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