Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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CHAPTER VI.

EMERSON, as has been seen, believed in the inward light. He thought a man needed but to keep himself open to the Divine influences to have his life happily moulded for him, and his creed appeared justified by his experience.

"Early or late, the falling rain Arrived in time to swell his grain; Stream could not so perversely wind, But corn of Guy's there was to grind."

The Divine blessing, indeed, rarely took in his case the. form of money, but intellectual events came as they were wanted, and, unless when in the fulfilment of an obligation of courtesy or conscience he took upon himself some extraneous task like the editorship of "The Dial," everything happened at the right moment for the furtherance of the inner soul and the external end. His welltimed visit to England was a case in point. His celebrity was just in the stage to render him an object of interest, without rendering him an object of adulation. There was enough curiosity respecting him to warrant the best efforts of his devoted friend Mr. Ireland to gain him

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Note. 9
  • Life of Emerson 11
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  • Chapter II 36
  • Chapter III 57
  • Chapter IV 81
  • Chapter V 111
  • Chapter VI 137
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