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" As Heaven and Earth are fairer, fairer far Than Chaos and blank Darkness, though once chiefs; And as we show beyond that Heaven and Earth In form and shape compact and beautiful, In will, in action free, companionship, And thousand other signs of purer... "
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by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883
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Main Currents in Nineteenth Century Literature ...

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes - 1905
...compact and beautiful, In will, in action free, companionship, And thousand other signs of purer life ; So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power...to excel us, as we pass In glory that old Darkness : nor are we Thereby more conquer"d, than by us the rule Of shapeless Chaos. Say, doth the dull soil...
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The Poets and the Poetry of the Nineteenth Century, Volume 3

1905
...they, the primeval gods, are an advance on the old blind forces of Chaos whom they dispossessed, — " So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power...excel us, as we pass In glory that old Darkness." Two other poems, which have won admiring praise in high places, are likewise fragments, the strain...
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The Torch: Eight Lectures on Race Power in Literature Delivered Before the ...

George Edward Woodberry - 1905 - 215 pages
...compact and beautiful, In will, in action free, companionship, And thousand other signs of purer life; So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power...to excel us, as we pass In glory that old Darkness: nor are we Thereby more conquer'd, than by us the rule Of shapeless Chaos. Say, doth the dull soil...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 207

1907
...unsurpassed in English : ' We fall by course of Nature's law, not force Of thunder, or of Jove. . . . . . . On our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power more.... . For 'tis the eternal law That first in beauty should be first in might.' This is true mysticism, the mysticism Keats shares with Burke and Carlyle,...
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The Quarterly Review

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, Sir John Murray IV, Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle) - 1907
...unsurpassed in English : ' We fall by course of Nature's law, not force Of thunder, or of Jove. . . . . . . On our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power more.... . For 'tis the eternal law That first in beauty should be first in might.' This is true mysticism, the mysticism Keats shares with Burke and Carlyle,...
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The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry

Harold Bloom - 1971 - 477 pages
...moves toward perfection, and no stage in this dialectical process is refuted merely because it is over: So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power...to excel us, as we pass In glory that old Darkness: nor are we Thereby more conquer'd, than by us the rule Of shapeless Chaos. This dispassionate observation...
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The Twentieth Century

1877
...compact and beautiful, In will, in action free, companionship, And thousand other signs of purer life ; So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power.... . for 'tis the eternal law That first in beauty should be first in might : Yea, by that law another race may drive Our conquerors to mourn as we do...
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Aesthetics and the Theory of Criticism: Selected Essays of Arnold Isenberg

Arnold Isenberg - 1988 - 362 pages
...of gods and Titans, now deposed by Zeus and the Olympians, speaks these consoling words to Saturn: So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power...to excel us, as we pass In glory that old Darkness: nor are we Thereby more conquer'd, than by us the rule Of shapeless Chaos . . . . . . for 'tis the...
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Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate

Harold Bloom - 1980 - 413 pages
...the truth that the "stale perfections" of the vanquished Titans must yield to the upstart Olympians: "So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, / A power...excel us, as we pass / In glory that old Darkness." To pass from Keats's "fresh perfection" to Stevens' "stale perfections" is to confront a darker anxiety...
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John Keats

Walter Jackson Bate - 2009 - 780 pages
...compact and beautiful, In will, in action free, companionship, And thousand other signs of purer life; So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power...to excel us, as we pass In glory that old Darkness: nor are we Thereby more conquer'd, than by us the rule Of shapeless Chaos. Should the soil quarrel...
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