There are living organisms so transparent that we can see their hearts beating and their blood flowing through their glassy tissues. So transparent was the life of Emerson; so clearly did the true nature of the man show through it. What he taught others to be, he was himself. His deep and sweet humanity won him love and reverence everywhere among those whose natures were capable of responding to the highest manifestations of character. Here and there a narrow-eyed sectary may have avoided or spoken ill of him; but if He who knew what was in man had wandered from door to door in New England as of old in Palestine, we can well believe that one of the thresholds which “those blessed feet” would have crossed, to hallow and receive its welcome, would have been that of the lovely and quiet home of Emerson.
[For many references, not found elsewhere, see under the general headings of Emerson’s Books, Essays, Poems.]
Abbott, Josiah Gardiner, a pupil of Emerson, 49, 50.
Academic Races, 2, 3. (See Heredity.)
Action, subordinate, 112.
Adams, John, old age, 261.
Adams, Samuel, Harvard debate, 115.
Addison, Joseph, classic, 416.
Advertiser, The, Emerson’s interest in, 348.
Aeolian Harp, his model, 329, 340.
(See Emerson’s Poems,—Harp.)
Aeschylus, tragedies, 253. (See Greek.)
Saturday Club, 222;
in Anthology, 30;
not Emerson’s field, 255, 256, 365.
Akenside, Mark, allusion, 16.
Alchemy, adepts, 260, 261.
Alcott, A. Bronson:
hearing Emerson, 66;
an idealist, 150;
The Dial, 159;
personality traceable, 389.
Alcott, Louisa M., funeral bouquet, 351.
Alexander the Great:
mountain likeness, 322.
Alfred the Great, 220, 306.
Allston, Washington, unfinished picture,
Ambition, treated in Anthology, 30.
room for a poet, 136, 137;
virtues and defects, 143;
faith in, 179;
people compared with English, 216;
things awry, 260;
in the Civil War, 304;
Lincoln, the true history of his time, 307;
passion for, 308, 309;
artificial rhythm, 329;
its own literary style, 342;
home of man, 371;
loyalty to, 406;
epithets, 406, 407.
(See England, New England, etc.)
Amici, meeting Emerson, 63.