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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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Dark Voices: W. E. B. Du Bois and American Thought, 1888-1903

Shamoon Zamir - 1995 - 294 pages
...perfect is come," then we shall see "face to face" (i Cor. 13:10, 12). Emerson, however, argues that "the foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we through their eyes," and asks "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?"53 The prophet of the...
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Seeing New Worlds: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Natural Science

Laura Dassow Walls - 1995 - 232 pages
...both Locke and the transcendentalists meant to clear the ground for a new start. As Emerson asked, "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" (CW 1:7). Locke's Essay is permeated by a heady anti-authoritarianism and a demand that men think for...
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A Preface to Theology

W. Clark Gilpin - 1996 - 211 pages
...sides. It is the very rare American scholar who actually delivers an answer to the Emersonian question "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" But despite these caveats, James's central point remains, that the world described is always our world,...
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Some Necessary Angels: Essays on Writing and Politics

Axinn Professor of English Jay Parini, Jay Parini - 1997 - 272 pages
...original (as in the root sense of the word) and intimate relation to the silence. In Nature, Emerson says, "Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should we not also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" Perhaps the greatest irony of poetry, and...
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John Williamson Nevin: American Theologian

Richard E. Wentz - 1997 - 184 pages
...individual—his escape from history. In the midst of a people without history, Emerson could still say: Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...biographies, histories and criticism. The foregoing generation beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy...
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Emerson and the Climates of History

Eduardo Cadava - 1997 - 256 pages
...reinforce and expand my discussion of his reading of Webster's speech. Nature's fourth sentence — "The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we through their eyes" — alludes to I Corinthians 13: 9-13: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child,...
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Nature and Ideology: Natural Garden Design in the Twentieth Century, Volume 18

Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture (18th : 1995) - 1997 - 278 pages
...basic tenets. He said that earlier generations beheld "God and Nature face to face."29 He then asked "[w]hy should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" A closer relationship to nature, however, would have its benefits at various levels. In the final analysis...
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Encounters with God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond - 1998 - 208 pages
...of his first book, he wrote: "Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers.... The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face...we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?" Nature, in Essays and...
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T.S. Eliot and American Poetry

Lee Oser - 1998 - 172 pages
...stresses Origen's role as a type of Logos. A pun on "Origen" arguably points to Emerson's famous query: "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" ( Works, 1:3). This suggestion may sound far-fetched, but Origen's actual failure to be an origin or...
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Nature and Identity in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Anne Buttimer, L. Wallin - 1999 - 360 pages
...Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), who visited Muir in his cabin, had written, 'The foregoing generanons beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their...also enjoy an original relation to the universe?' (1835, in Finch and Elder, p.45.) Most nations, including those of Native Americans, have a bloody...
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