“An instinct . . .”

From: Thoreau as Remembered by a Young Friend (1917)
Author: Edward Waldo Emerson
Published: Houghton Mifflin Company 1917 Boston

  AN instinct, perhaps inherited, prompts me to introduce my subject with a text.

  A Greek author, centuries ago, left these words behind, but not his name:

  “You ask of the gods health and a beautiful old age; but your tables are opposed to it; they fetter the hands of Zeus.”

  I shall use yet another text; Wordsworth’s lines:

“Yet was Rob Roy as wise as brave—
Forgive me if that phrase be strong—
A poet worthy of Rob Roy
Must scorn a timid song.”

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