Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson - Vol. 2

By Edward Waldo Emerson; Waldo Emerson Forbes et al. | Go to book overview

JOURNAL XXt
1829

(From "XVIII," 2d, "Sermons and Journal," Cabot's
S, U and Y)

(From Cabot's S)


TO ELLEN

ALL that thy virgin soul can ask be thine,
Beautiful Ellen, -- let this prayer be mine.
The first devotion that my soul has paid
To mortal grace it pays to thee, fair maid.
I am enamoured of thy loveliness,
Lovesick with thy sweet beauty, which shall bless
With its glad light my path of life around,
Which now is joyless where thou art not found.
Now am I stricken with the sympathy
That binds the whole world in electric tie;
I hail love's birth within my hermit breast,
And welcome the bright ordinance to be blest.
I was a hermit whom the lone Muse cheers,
I sped apart my solitary years,
I found no joy in woman's meaning eye
When Fashion's merry mob were dancing by;
Yet had I read the law all laws above,
Great Nature hath ordained the heart to love;

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Journal XV 3
  • Journal XVI 1825 36
  • Journal XVII 70
  • Journal XIX 227
  • Journal Minister of the Second Church of Boston *
  • Journal Xxt 1829 257
  • Journal XXII From 1831 353
  • Journal XXIII 1832 From Ω (blotting Book Iii) Ψ and Q The Good Ear (from Ω) 444
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