Yet shine forever virgin minds,
Loved by stars and the purest winds ,
Which, o'er passion throned sedate,
Have not hazarded their state;
Disconcert the searching spy,
Rendering to a curious eye
The durance of a granite ledge
To those who gaze from the sea's edge.
It is there for benefit;
It is there for purging light;
There for purifying storms;
And its depths reflect all forms;
It cannot parley with the mean,—
Pure by impure is not seen.
For there's no sequestered grot,
Lone mountain tarn, or isle forgot,
But Justice , journeying in the sphere,
Daily stoops to harbour there.
Creating a link between the landscape and the stars, Emerson states that everything in the Universe is linked to one another. Instead of being a collection of integrated objects, he sees nature as an integrated whole. It is extremely essential to see nature plainly instead of seeing it superficially as most of us do and Emerson states that he is one of the lucky individuals who sees nature plainly. Because of the reason that he sees nature plainly he is living a life full of peace and solitude. It is essential to see nature from the eyes of a child because a child sees everything without judging it, from plain eyes.
The great lesson is that the
sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to
be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and
family, in one's backyard.
- Abraham Maslow