- Look at the stars. If they do not startle you and
call you off from vulgar matters I know not what
- Knowledge leads to total unity of man with the Universe.
- By and by we fall out of that rapture & then bethink
us where we have been & what we have seen & go
painfully gleaning up the grains that have fallen from
- But whenever the day dawns, the great day of truth
on the soul, it comes with awful invitation to me to
accept it, to blendwith its aurora.
- He watched the Aurora for hours.
- We are made immortal by this kiss, by the
contemplation of beauty. Strange, strange that the
door to it should thus perversely be through the
prudent, punctual, frugal, and careful.
- Whilst I behold the holy lights of the June sunset
last evening, I was raised out of time.
- orders the periods of the planets.
- will open all my doors to your sunshine & morning
- The Protean energy by which the brute horns of Io
become the crescent moon of Isis, and nature lifts
itself through everlasting transition to the higher
& the highest.
- find you - last Wednesday
- Emerson spent his time sungazing and stargazing.
- With eyes of hope like the first rays of morning.
- Each soul being a power to translate the universe
into some particular language of its own.
- Lie on your back, & you may - have this neglected
part of your education in some measure supplied.
- There are astronomical interspaces betwixt atom &
- All the Universe over, there is but one thing, -
this old double, Creator-creature, mind-matter,
- finer ocean that separates him from the moon.
- Study all geology & physiology, botany, chemistry,
astronomy for its symbol & illustration.
- Saturn appears with no rings in hard times.
- that lynx, dog, tapir, lion, lizard, camel, &
crocodile - for perfection in Him
- The end of life, is, that the man should take up the
universe into himself.
- Yonder mountain must migrate into his mind.
P153- Yonder magnificent astronomy is at last to import,
fetching away moon & planet, lunation, soltice,
period, comet, & binal star, by comprehending their
relation & law.
- Nearest to the stars, nearest to the fountain of all
science & knowledge.
- The level rays of sunrise
- But if a man would be alone, let him look at the
stars. The rays that come from those heavenly
worlds will separate between him and what he
touches. - Sublime - the city of God - (helps
- There is a property in the horizon (Firmament) which
no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the
parts, that is, the poet.
- See Nature - Most persons do not see the sun. The
sun shines into the eye and the heart of the child.
- But every hour and season yields its tribute of
delight - for every hour and change corresponds to
and authorizes a different state of the mind, from
breathless noon to grimmaced midnight.
- I see the spectacle of morning from the hilltop
over against my house - with emotions which an angel
might share. The active enchantment reaches my
dust, and I dilate and conspire with the morning
- The beauty that shimmers in the yellow afternoon of
October, who ever could clutch it?
- Symbols: The acorn, the grape, the pine cone, the
wheat-ear, the egg, the wings and forms of most
birds, the lion's claw, the serpent, the butterfly,
seashells, flames, clouds, buds, leaves, & palm
- Time, which keeps "her" from him, is his chest - the
suspicion she has awakened is her ornament - a crow
- By the spurs plucked up. - Pine and cedar
P212- Shakespeare was named a grand poet.
- Dawn: so their rising senses Begin to chase the
ignorant fumes that mantle Their clearer reason.
Their understanding Begins to swell, and the
P218- Each part may call the farthest, brother; For head
with foot hath private amity, and both with moons
and tides. (world)
- His eyes dismount the highest star; He is in little
all the sphere.
- Sprang: from man, the sun; from woman, the moon
- In the thick darkness, there are not wanting gleams
of a better light. - as did Swedenborg, Hohenlohe,
and the Shakers. (Animal Magnetism)
P235- Manlike let him turn and face it. - inspect its
origin, - see the whelping of this lion, -
(Leo Minor) which lies no great way back; he will
then find in himself a perfect comprehension of its
nature and extent; he will have made his hands meet
on the other side, and can henceforth defy it, and
pass on superior.
- Poetry will revive and lead in a new age, as the
star in the constellation Harp, which now flames in
our zenith, astronomers announce, shall one day be
the pole-star for a thousand years?
- The world is his, who can see through its pretension.
- We are the cowed.
- The apple which the ages have desired to pluck.
- The faith should blend with the light of rising and
of setting suns.
- Stars: shall see their rounding complete grace.
- star, without parallax enters if the least mark of
- The sence of being, which in calm hours rise.
- Allow a passage to its beams.
- The genesis and maturation of a planet, its poise
- The man in the street does not know a star in the
sky. The solstice he does not observe; the equinox
he knows as little.
- His note-books impair his memory.
- Galileo, with an opera-glass
- Stars: Things we now esteem fixed shall, one by one,
detach themselves, like ripe fruit, from our
experience and fall.
- (He suggests that stars will be blown by the wind to
unknown places. Constellations will change; and no
Boston or London.
- There is always another dawn risen on mid-moon.
- The natural world may be conceived of as a system
of concentric circles.
- We are but children of the fire.
- Notwithstanding this necessity to be published,
adequate expression is rare.
- Sun, stars, earth and water render him a peculiar
- He compares Jove to the Father and cause; Pluto to
operation and Spirit; and Neptune to effect and the
- After watching many dawns the sculptor made a youth
- The morning redness happens to be the favorite
meteor to the eyes of Jacob Behmen, and comes to
stand to him for truth and faith.
- Stars are called the lords of life.
- Stars: Leo Minor has the Scarab of old Egypt.
Praecipua, its brightest star culminates April 14.
- The pith of each man's genius contracts itself to
a very few hours.
- There are always sunsets, and there is always genius.
- What cheer can the religious sentiment yield, when
that is suspected dependent on the seasons of the
year, and state of the blood?
- Benjamin had 5 changes of clothing.
P343- On Jesus: These optical laws shall take effect. By
love on one part, and by forbearance to press
objection on the other part, it is for a time
settled, that we will look at him in the centre of
the horizon, and ascribe to him the properties that
will attach to any man so seen.
- Knowing as an august entertainment.
- This frost in July, this blow from a bride!
- There is the power of complexions.
- Our life is March weather, savage and serene in one
- Time with a scythe (Leo?)
- The planet is liable to shocks from comets,
perturbations from planets, and precessions of
- The papillae of a man run out to every star.
- See the stars through them, through treacherous
- Know, the stars yonder.
- Emerson enjoyed Mammoth Cave, especially the "Star
Chamber" and "Serena's Bower".
- In admiring the sunset, we do not yet deduct the
rounding, co-ordinating, pictorial powers of the
- View from the mountains the nebulous blur in Orion,
the protentous year of Mizar and Alcor.
- The poem "Illusions": When thou dost return on the
wave's circulation - to change and to flow, the gas
becomes solid. - Endless imbroglio Is law and the
world. - Horsed on the Proteus, Thou ridest to
power. (Mizar and Alcor, the Horse and Rider?)
- Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
- The young mortal enters the hall of the firmament.
- Over me soared the eternal sky, Full of light and of
- Taught he not thee - the man of eld
Whose eyes within his eyes beheld
Heaven's numerous hierarchy span
The mystic gulf from God to man?
The pure shall see by their own will,
Which overflowing Love shall fill.
Taught thee each private sign to raise
Lit by the supersolar blaze.
The mysteries of Nature's heart
Throb thine with Nature's throbbing breast,
And all is clear from east to west.
- (This seems to refer to the stars and planets.)
- A joyful eye (Aldebaron?); Innocence (Virgo?);
Lovely locks (Berenice's hair); and Laughter in
- After the star allusions: And know my higher gifts
unbind - The zone that girds the incarnate mind.
- Nail the wild star to its track
On the half-climbed Zodiac?
- Wilt thou not ope thy heart to know
Rainbows teach, and sunsets show.
- A traveler's fleeing tent (Cancer?)
Bow about the tempest bent (Virgo?)
- Its chords should ring as blows the breeze
- Must smite the chords rudely and hard
For secrets of the solar track
Merlin's blows to Martyrs' cave
- In one body grooms and brides
- What boots thy zeal - Things are of the snake
- The horseman serves the horse (Mizar and Alcor?)
- Things are in the saddle, And ride mankind
- Knows to bring honey - Out of the lion; -
Grafts gentlest scion - On pirate and Turk
(Note the similarity to Sampson's riddle, and I
think refers to the golden bread of Virgo.)
- Bacchus poem about un-earthy wine: Let its grapes
the morn salute from a nocturnal root. (Hydra?)
And turns the woe of Night, By its own craft, to a
more rich delight.
- We buy ashes for bread: We buy diluted wine; Give
me of the true. (Virgo and Crater?)
- The dancing Pleiades and eternal men.
- Bread, kingdoms, stars, and sky that holds them all.
- (His poem "Brahma", seems to refer to the pineal
gland.) The strong gods pine for my abode,
And pine in vain the sacred Seven;
But thou, meek lover of the good!
Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.
- Freedom: He shall cut pathways east and west
And fend you with his wing. (Aquila?)
- Soar to air-borne flocks and boreal fleece
- Make just laws below the sun, as planets faithful be