A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on children, dance, darkness, divinity, ideas, music, nature, order, poets, privacy, privilege, and women

THE POET A moody child and wildly wise Pursued the game with joyful eyes, Which chose, like meteors, their way, And rived the dark with private ray: They overleapt the horizon's edge, Searched with Apollo's privilege; Through man, and woman, and sea, and star, Saw the dance of nature forward far; Through worlds, and races, and terms, and times, Saw musical order, and pairing rhymes. Olympian bards who sung Divine ideas below, Which always find us young, And always keep us so.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: “The Poet,” from Essays: Second Series

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