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III. Character

The sun set; but set not his hope:Stars rose; his faith was earlier up:Fixed on the enormous ga...

II. Experience

The lords of life, the lords of life,—I saw them pass,In their own guise,Like and unlike,Portly...

I. The Poet

A moody child and wildly wisePursued the game with joyful eyes,Which chose, like meteors, their...

XII. Art

Give to barrows, trays, and pansGrace and glimmer of romance;Bring the moonlight into noonHid i...

XI. Intellect

Go, speed the stars of ThoughtOn to their shining goals; —The sower scatters broad his seed,The...

X. Circles

Nature centres into balls,And her proud ephemerals,Fast to surface and outside,Scan the profile...

IX. The Over-Soul

"But souls that of his own good life partake,He loves as his own self; dear as his eyeThey are ...

VIII. Heroism

“Paradise is under the shadow of swords.”Mahomet Ruby wine is drunk by knaves,Sugar spends to ...

VII. Prudence

Theme no poet gladly sung,Fair to old and foul to young,Scorn not thou the love of parts,And th...

VI. Friendship

A ruddy drop of manly bloodThe surging sea outweighs,The world uncertain comes and goes,The lov...

V. Love

“I was as a gem concealed;Me my burning ray revealed.”Koran Every promise of the soul has in...

IV. Spiritual Laws

The living Heaven thy prayers respect,House at once and architect,Quarrying man’s rejected hour...

III. Compensation

The wings of Time are black and white,Pied with morning and with night.Mountain tall and ocean ...

II. Self-Reliance

“Ne te quaesiveris extra.” “Man is his own star; and the soul that canRender an honest and...

I. History

There is no great and no smallTo the Soul that maketh all:And where it cometh, all things are;A...

The Young American

A Lecture read before the Mercantile Library Association, Boston, February 7, 1844 GENTLEMEN: I...

The Transcendentalist

A Lecture read at the Masonic Temple, Boston,January, 1842 The first thing we have to say respec...

The Conservative

A Lecture delivered at the Masonic Temple, Boston, December 9, 1841 The two parties which divide...

Introductory Lecture on the Times

Read at the Masonic Temple, Boston, December 2, 1841 The times, as we say — or the present aspec...

Man the Reformer

A Lecture read before the Mechanics' Apprentices' Library Association, Boston, January 25, 1841 ...