Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Events, actions arise, that must be sung, that will sing themselves. Who can doubt, that 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?
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The American Scholar," repr. In Emerson: Essays and Lectures, ed. Joel Porte (1983).

For Emerson's most complete reflections on the redemptive nature of poetry, read his essay "The Poet." With the phrase "new age" in this quotation, along with its conjunction of art and the stars, we can understand how and why contemporary "new age" adherents have adopted certain Emersonian locutions and visions. Unfortunately, most have not taken the time to read Emerson in detail and come to terms with the tragic and hard-edge parts of his thinking.
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