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Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson
There came into the house a young maiden, but she seemed to be more than a thousand years old. She came into the house naked and helpless, but she had for her defence more than the strength of millions. She brought into the day the manners of the Night.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Old Age," Society and Solitude (1870).
Edward Emerson notes this November 22, 1841, journal entry in a footnote to the essay.
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