Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson eBook

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[Footnote 438:  As Heaven and Earth are fairer far, etc.  This passage is quoted from Book II. of Keats’ Hyperion.]

[Footnote 439:  Waverley.  The Waverley novels, a name applied to all of Scott’s novels from Waverley, the title of the first one.]

[Footnote 440:  Robin Hood.  An English outlaw and popular hero, the subject of many ballads.]

[Footnote 441:  Minerva.  In Roman mythology, the goddess of wisdom corresponding to the Greek Pallas-Athene.]

[Footnote 442:  Juno.  In Roman mythology, the wife of the supreme god Jupiter.]

[Footnote 443:  Polymnia.  In Greek mythology, one of the nine muses who presided over sacred poetry; the name is more usually written Polyhymia.]

[Footnote 444:  Delphic Sibyl.  In ancient mythology, the Sibyls were certain women who possessed the power of prophecy.  One of these who made her abode at Delphi in Greece was called the Delphian, or Delphic, sibyl.]

[Footnote 445:  Hafiz.  A Persian poet of the fourteenth century.]

[Footnote 446:  Firdousi.  A Persian poet of the tenth century.]

[Footnote 447:  She was an elemental force, etc.  Of this passage Oliver Wendell Holmes said that Emerson “speaks of woman in language that seems to pant for rhythm and rhyme.”]

[Footnote 448:  Byzantine.  An ornate style of architecture developed in the fourth and fifth centuries, marked especially by its use of gold and color.]

[Footnote 449:  Golden Book.  In a book, called “the Golden Book,” were recorded the names of all the children of Venetian noblemen.]

[Footnote 450:  Schiraz.  A province of Persia famous especially for its roses, wine, and nightingales, and described by the poets as a place of ideal beauty.]

[Footnote 451:  Osman.  The name given by Emerson in his journal and essays to his ideal man, one subject to the same conditions as himself.]

[Footnote 452:  Koran.  The sacred book of the Mohammedans.]

[Footnote 453:  Jove.  Jupiter, the supreme god of Roman mythology.]

[Footnote 454:  Silenus.  In Greek mythology, the leader of the satyrs.  This fable, which Emerson credits to tradition, was original.]

[Footnote 455:  Her owl.  The owl was the bird sacred to Minerva, the goddess of wisdom.]


[Footnote 456:  This essay was first printed in the periodical called The Dial.

It was a part of Emerson’s philosophic faith that there is no such thing as giving,—­everything that belongs to a man or that he ought to have, will come to him.  But in the ordinarily accepted sense of the word, Emerson was a gracious giver and receiver.  In his family the old New England custom of New Year’s presents was kept up to his last days.  His presents were accompanied with verses to be read before the gift was opened.]

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