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... Works - Page 114by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883Full view
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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...
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...