Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems
- Give All To Love Give all to love; Obey thy heart; Friends,...
- Fate Deep in the man sits fast his fate To mould his ...
- The Bell I love thy music, mellow bell, I love thine iron ...
- Dirge Knows he who tills this lonely field To reap its ...
- Days Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days, Muffled and ...
- Brahma If the red slayer think he slays, Or if the slain ...
- Song Of Nature Mine are the night and morning, The pits of ...
Emerson's father was a Unitarian minister who died leaving his son to be brought up by his mother and aunt. Educated at Harvard, Emerson began writing journals filled with observations and ideas which would form the basis of his later essays and poems.
After a period of teaching, Emerson returned to Harvard to join the Divinity School where he was less than a perfect student owing to his poor health and a lack of conviction in religious dogma. He was ordained and was both effective and popular as a preacher, but felt compelled to resign because he did not feel he could conscientiously serve communion. In 1832 Emerson visited Europe, where he met Wordsworth, Coleridge and Carlyle ... more »
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''There is no one who does not exaggerate. In conversation, men are encumbered with personality, and talk too much.''Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. :"Nominalist and Realist," Essays, Second Series (1844).
''Those who have ruled human destinies, like planets, for thousands of years, were not handsome men.''Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).
''The covetousness or the malignity, which saddens me, when I ascribe it to society, is my own. I am environed by my self.''Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Character," Essays, Second Series (1844).
''No performance is worth loss of geniality. 'Tis a cruel price we pay for certain fancy goods called fine arts and philosophy.''Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).
''In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.''Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Essays, "Prudence," First Series (1841).
Give All To Love
Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Plans, credit, and the Muse,-
'Tis a brave master;
Let it have scope:
Follow it utterly,
Hope beyond hope:
High and more high
It dives into noon,
With wing unspent,
But it is a god,
Knows its own path,
And the outlets of the sky.
It was not for the mean;
It requireth courage stout,
Souls above doubt,
It will reward,-
They shall return
More than they were,
And ever ascending.
Leave all for ...