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THE AMERICAN SCHOLAR, AN ORAtion BEFor E
AN ADDRESS To THE SENIor CLAss IN DIVINITY
College, CAMBRIDGE, July 15, 1838
LITERARY ETHICS. AN ADDREss to the Liter ARY
SocietIEs 1N DART Mouth College, July 24, 1838 .
THE METHOD OF NATURE. AN ADDREss To THE
MAN THE REFORMER. A. LECTURE READ BEFor E
tion, Boston, JANUARY 25, 1841
INTRODUCTORY LECTURE ON THE TIMES. READ
THE CONSERVATIVE. A. LECTURE stro AD IN THE
THE TRANSCENDENTALIST. A. LECTURE READ IN
THE YOUNG AMERICAN. A. LECTURE READ To
OUR age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe ? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, and invite us by the powers they supply, to action proportioned to nature, why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe The sun shines to-day also. There is more wool and flax in the fields. There are new lands, new men, new thoughts. Let us demand
our own works and laws and worship.