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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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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays and Lectures (LOA #15): Nature; Addresses, and ...

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1983 - 1150 pages
...fresh impulses. These are the creators of Fashion, which is an attempt to organize beauty of behavior. The beautiful and the generous are, in the theory,...excel us, as we pass In glory that old Darkness: for, 't is the eternal law, That first in beauty shall be first in might." Therefore, within the ethnical...
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Creature and Creator

Paul A. Cantor - 1985 - 223 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 conquered than by us the rule Of shapeless chaos. Say, doth the dull soil Quarrel...
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Romantic Medicine and John Keats

Hermione de Almeida - 1990 - 432 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 Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism

Stuart Curran, Cambridge University Press, University of Cambridge - 1993 - 311 pages
...instance, read Oceanus' justification of the fall of the titans within the context of Keats's own time: So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power...to excel us, as we pass In glory that old Darkness. (ii.212-15) At the very least, this is a calm recognition that political revolutions are inevitable...
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Keats the Poet

Stuart M. Sperry - 1994 - 354 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. (ii. 188-90, 194-215) There is, indeed, a certain justification for the sea-god's claim that, while...
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George Eliot's 'Daniel Deronda' Notebooks

George Eliot - 1996 - 524 pages
...when other harmonies, stopt short, Leave the dinn'd air vibrating silverly.' ['Hyperion', II, 125-8] 'So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power...excel us, as we pass In glory that old Darkness.' ['Hyperion', II, 212-15] ' Why should a man desire in any way To vary from the kindly race of men,...
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The Insistence of History: Revolution in Burke, Wordsworth, Keats, and ...

Geraldine Friedman - 1996 - 270 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. (H, 2.188-201, 206-17) The...
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John Keats and the Loss of Romantic Innocence

Keith D. White - 1996 - 194 pages
...explains (202). He argues, "Heaven and Earth are fairer, fairer far Than Chaos and blank Darkness ... So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power...excel us, as we pass In glory that Old Darkness." (208-15) Perfection comes in increments of beauty. Each generation surpasses the previous generation's...
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Epic Grandeur: Toward a Comparative Poetics of the Epic

Masaki Mori - 1997 - 261 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.... . For 'tis the eternal law That first in beauty should be first in might; 3 When viewed from the victors' historiography, the same change could be...
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John Keats and the Culture of Dissent

Nicholas Roe - 1998 - 315 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...strong in beauty, born of us And fated to excel us ..." (IL 2o6-14) — combines a progressive view of history (albeit as perceived by those 'fated' to...
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