O, when i am safe in my sylvan home,i mock at the pride of greece and rome;and when i am stretch'd beneath the pineswhen the evening star so holy shines,i laugh at the lore and pride of man,at the sophist's schools, and the learned clan;for what are they all in their high conceit,when man in the bush with god may meet?
Daughter of time, the hypocrite days,muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,and marching single in an endless file,bring diadems and fagots in their hands;to each they offer gifts after his will,bread, kingdom, stars, and sky that holds them all;i, in my pleached garden watched the pompforgot my morning wishes, hastilytook a few herbs and apples, and the dayturned and departed silent. I too lateunder her solemn fillet saw the scorn.
The great object of education should be commensurate with the object of life. It should be a moral one; to teach self-trust: to inspire the youthful man with an interest in himself; with a curiosity touching his own nature; to acquaint him with the resources of his mind, and to teach him that there is all his strength.
If you meet a sectary, or a hostile partisan, never recognize the dividing lines; but meet on what common ground remains,--if onlythat the sun shines, and the rain rains for both; the area will widen very fast, and ere you know it the boundary mountains, on which the eye had fastened, have melted into air.
Every individual nature has its own beauty. One is struck in every company, at every fireside, with the riches of nature, when he hears so many new tones, all musical, sees in each person original manners, which have a proper and peculiar charm, and reads new expressions of face. He perceives that nature has laid for each the foundations of a divine building, if the soul will build thereon.
There is a class of persons to whom by all spiritual affinity i am bought and sold; for them i will go to prison, if need be; but your miscellaneous popular charities; the education at college of fools; the building of meeting-houses to the vain end to which many now stand; alms to sots; and the thousandfold relief societies; - though i confess with shame i sometimes succumb and give the dollar, it is a wicked dollar which by and by i shall have the manhood to withhold.