The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson - by R.W. Emerson Institute, Jim Manley, Director -

Category II – Essays I

Volume II, Essays First Series, was first published in 1841 by Jas. Monroe & Sons, Boston.  The first reviews were mixed, varying according to biased opinions about this "new thought."  After Emerson’s death, the work appeared as Volume II in the Centenary Edition, published by Houghton Mifflin. A newly edited volume was published by The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press in 1979.

XII. Art

Give to barrows, trays, and pans Grace and glimmer of romance; Bring the moonlight into noon Hid in gleaming piles of stone; On the city’s paved street Plant gardens lined with lilac sweet; Let spouting fountains cool the air, Singing…

VIII Heroism

“Paradise is under the shadow of swords.” Mahomet Ruby wine is drunk by knaves, Sugar spends to fatten slaves, Rose and vine-leaf deck buffoons; Thunderclouds are Jove’s festoons, Drooping oft in wreaths of dread Lightning-knotted round his head; The hero…

V Love

“I was as a gem concealed; Me my burning ray revealed.” Koran ESSAY V Love Every promise of the soul has innumerable fulfillments; each often. Nature, uncontainable, flowing, forelooking, in the first sentiment of kindness anticipates already a benevolence which…

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson