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Rare, extravagant spirits come by us at intervals, who disclose to us new facts in nature.
Man is the broken giant, and in all his weakness both his body and his mind are invigorated by habits of conversation with nature.
The universal nature, too strong for the petty nature of the bard, sits on his neck and writes through his hand; so that when he seems to vent a mere caprice and wild romance, the issue is an exact allegory.
He is the compend of time; he is also the correlative of nature.
One may say a gravitating solar system is already prophesied in the nature of Newton's mind.
But nature has a higher end, in the production of New individuals, than security, namely ascension, or the passage of the soul into higher forms.
A spy they will not suffer; a lover, a poet, is the transcendency of their own nature,--him they will suffer.
as of an intellect doubled on itself), by abandonment to the nature of things; that beside his privacy of power as an individual man, there is a great public power on which he can draw, by unlocking, at all risks, his human doors, and suffering the ethereal tides to roll and circulate through him; then he is caught up into the life of the Universe, his speech is thunder, his thought is law, and his words are universally intelligible as the plants and animals.
But never can any advantage be taken of nature by a trick.
Therefore all books of the imagination endure, all which ascend to that truth that the writer sees nature beneath him, and uses it as his exponent.
The dependency of one organic being on another, as of a parasite on its prey, lies generally between beings remote in the scale of nature.
When we reflect on this struggle, we may console ourselves with the full belief, that the war of nature is not incessant, that no fear is felt, that death is generally prompt, and that the vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply.