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" Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe ? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight, and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of... "
Nature: Addresses, and Lectures - Page 11
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883 - 315 pages
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American Literature, 1607-1885: The development of American thought

Charles Francis Richardson - 1886
...thoughts and utterance. The the teacher. same S pi r it breathes through a thousand variant words : 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. Why...
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Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Massachusetts Historical Society - 1886
...qualities. It begins thus, with statements which were then paradoxes, but are now commonplaces : — " 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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American Literature, 1607-1885, Volume 1

Charles Francis Richardson - 1889
...thoughts and utterance. The the teacher. same gpirjt breathes through a thousand variant words : 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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Life Notes: Or, Fifty Years' Outlook

William Hague - 1888 - 362 pages
...new book the writer appealed to the century against the primary claim of Christianity, exclaiming, " The foregoing generations beheld God and Nature face...to face ; we, through their eyes. Why should not we enjoy also an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of...
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My Study Fire, Volume 2

Hamilton Wright Mabie - 1894
...his authority rests on his own clarity of vision and directness of insight. " Our age," says Emerson, "is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the...we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season...
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Studies in Education: Science, Art, History

Burke Aaron Hinsdale - 1896 - 384 pages
...not ascend to the head-springs of thought, feeling, and life. As Mr. Emerson voices this demand: Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of...Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of iiisight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed...
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Nineteenth Century Questions

James Freeman Clarke - 1897 - 368 pages
...pages, called " Nature," published in 1836, indicates all these qualities. It begins thus:— " 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. Why...
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A History of English Romanticism in the Eighteenth Century

Henry Augustin Beers - 1898 - 455 pages
...declaration of independence; and it asked, in substance, the question asked in Emerson's " Nature " : " Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" Pope had said, in his " Essay on Criticism," * " follow Nature," and in order to follow Nature, learn...
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Souvenirs d'enfance et de jeunesse

Ernest Renan - 1902 - 257 pages
...other branches of human culture." 2 A few believers in direct vision, like Emerson, protested : " Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of 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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