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Channing: Quotes

William Ellery Channing, who befriended and inspired the Transcendentalists while remaining apart from the movement itself, was a well-known essayist and preacher of his time.  Many short excerpts of his writing survive as "famous quotations" in Bartlett's Quotations and other sources.

From:  John Bartlett, comp.  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

I laugh, for hope hath happy place with me;
If my bark sinks, ít is to another sea.
                          A Poetís Hope.

I sing New England, as she lights her fire
In every Prairieís midst; and where the bright
Enchanting stars shine pure through Southern night,
She still is there, the guardian on the tower,
To open for the world a purer hour.
                          New England.

Most joyful let the Poet be;
It is through him that all men see.
        The Poet of the old and new Times.

My highway is unfeatured air,
  My consorts are the sleepless stars,
And men my giant arms upbearó
  My arms unstained and free from scars.
                          Hymn of the Earth.

A wail in the wind is all I hear;
  A voice of woe for a loverís loss.
                          Tears in Spring.




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