Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

God! I will not be an owl,
But sun me in the capitol.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Mithridates," Poems (1847).

Emerson sings this after he has resolved to dive into the world of experience, even if he would be killed by too much creation. He therefore will not, as an owl does, watch from afar at night, but will with gusto take on the day. "Capitol" refers to the highest of the seven hills of Rome and to the temple of Jupiter there, but we should not forget the political dimensions of "Capitol" and apply these also to Emerson's ultimate message.
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