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Time-and-space-conquering steam,And the light-outspeeding telegraph Bears nothing on its beam.
The politics are base;
The letters do not cheer:
Our bodies are weak and worn;
Yet there in the parlor sits
Some figure of noble guise,Our angel, in a stranger's form, Or woman's pleading eyes;
The crimson morning flames into
And what if Trade sow cities
Like shells along the shore,
Along Thought's causing stream, And take their shape and sun-color From him that sends the dream.
For Destiny does not like
To yield to men the helm;
The patient Dæmon sits,
Spring still makes spring in the mind
I see the summer glow,
The one thing attempted in the editorial portions of this little book is to make these parts of service to the pupils who will read it. It has, therefore, seemed better to suggest a search, perhaps even too close, for the poet's literal meaning, rather than to risk leaving an impression of something beautiful, but vague. For facts concerning Emerson's life and for quotations from his journal, the editor is under obligations as every student of Emerson must be- to E. W. Emerson's Emerson in Concord, J. E. Cabot's Memoir of Emerson, and O. W. Holmes's Ralph Waldo Emerson.
11. A by-word and a hissing: Emerson was once hissed at a political meeting in Cambridgeport. A friend who was present said one "could think of nothing but dogs baying at the moon. He was
serene as moonlight itself."
administrari: translated in the preceding sentence. Primeval despots of Egypt: the Hyksos, or shepherd kings. The journey of Abraham to Egypt (Genesis xii. 10) is assigned to the early part of their reign, and that of Joseph (Genesis xxxvii. 28) to the closing period of their power.
15. It is in the world, etc.: cf. John i. 10. Οἱ translated in the following sentence.
17. The ingenuity of man, etc.: cf. the address to the "backstairs" in Kingsley's Water-Babies, Chapter VIII.
19. Drive out nature with a fork: this saying is at least two thousand years old. See Horace's Epistolæ, I. 10. 24, "Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret." The irreverent modern American illustration of the thought is the story of Mrs. Partington's trying to sweep back the Atlantic with her broom.
20. How secret art thou, etc.: Confessions of St. Augustine (fourth century), Book I. 18.