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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Biographical Sketch

Biographical SketchThe Emersons first appeared in the north of England, but Thomas, who landed in Massachusetts in 1638, came from Hertfordshire. He built soon after a house, sometimes railed …

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Preface

PrefaceIn Mr. Cabot's prefatory note to the Riverside Edition of the Poems, published the year after Mr. Emerson's death, he said:— "This volume contains nearly all the pieces included …

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Adirondacs

The AdirondacsA JournalDedicated to My Fellow Travellers in August, 1858 Wise and polite,—and if I drew Their several portraits, you would own Chaucer had no such worthy crew, N…

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson's father was the seventh in an unbroken line of ministers dating back to Puritan days, and after attending Harvard Emerson himself became a Unitarian minister. After the death of …

Ralph Waldo Emerson GILBERT

GILBERT, Ralph Waldo Emerson, (son of George Gilmore Gilbert), a Representative from Kentucky; born in Taylorsville, Spencer County, Ky., January 17, 1882; attended the public schools and the U…

Ralph Waldo Emerson: I

IRight upward on the road of fame With sounding steps the poet came; Born and nourished in miracles, His feet were shod with golden bells, Or where he stepped the soil did peal As if the dust …

Ralph Waldo Emerson: I

IThere are beggars in Iran and Araby, SAID was hungrier than all; Hafiz said he was a fly That came to every festival. He came a pilgrim to the Mosque On trail of camel and caravan, Knew every…

Ralph Waldo Emerson: V

VMask thy wisdom with delight, Toy with the bow, yet hit the white, As Jelaleddin old and gray; He seemed to bask, to dream and play Without remoter hope or fear Than still to entertain his ea…

Ralph Waldo Emerson: 1

1When the pine tosses its cones To the song of its waterfall tones, Who speeds to the woodland walks? To birds and trees who talks? Caesar of his leafy Rome, There the poet is at home. He goes…

Ralph Waldo Emerson: 2

2And such I knew, a forest seer, A minstrel of the natural year, Foreteller of the vernal ides, Wise harbinger of spheres and tides, A lover true, who knew by heart Each joy the mountain dales…