Essays, Second Series
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Poet

A moody child and wildly wise
Pursued the game with joyful eyes,
Which chose, like meteors, their way,
And rived the dark with private ray:
They overleapt the horizon’s edge,
Searched with Apollo’s privilege;
Through man, and woman, and sea, and star
Saw the dance of nature forward far;
Through worlds, and races, and terms, and times
Saw musical order, and pairing rhymes.

Olympian bards who sung
  Divine ideas below,
Which always find us young,
  And always keep us so.


The Poet  •  I. The Poet  •  Experience  •  II. Experience  •  Character  •  III. Character  •  Manners  •  IV. Manners  •  Gifts  •  V. Gifts  •  Nature  •  VI. Nature  •  Politics  •  VII. Politics  •  Nominalist and Realist  •  VIII. Nominalist and Realist  •  New England Reformers  •  New England Reformers

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