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THE AMERICAN SCHOLAR, AN ORAtion BEFor E
THE PH1 BETA KAPPA Society, AT CAM bridge,
August 31, 1837

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
SocIETY of THE ADELPH1, IN WATER ville Col-
LEGE, MAINE, August 11, 1841

MAN THE REFORMER. A. LECTURE READ BEFor E
The MEcHAN1cs’ App RENtic Es’ LIBRARY Associa-

tion, Boston, JANUARY 25, 1841

INTRODUCTORY LECTURE ON THE TIMES. READ
IN THE MAsonic TEMPLE, Boston, DEc. 2, 1841

. 113

. 181

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THE CONSERVATIVE. A. LECTURE stro AD IN THE
MAsonic TEMPLE, Boston, DECEMBER 9, 1841 . 283

THE TRANSCENDENTALIST. A. LECTURE READ IN
THE MAsonic TEMPLE, Boston, JANUARY, 1842 . 316

THE YOUNG AMERICAN. A. LECTURE READ To
th E MERCANTILE LIBRARY Association, IN Boston,
FEBRUARY 7, 1844 . - - - - - . 349

ERRATA.
Pages 317 and 319 — for 1841 read 1842.

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INTRODUCTION.

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.

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