In the soft arms of the atmosphere,
our common heart’s sincere conversation is worship.
The right action is submission.
Within, the silent soul of the whole.
Beatitude innate, accessible to all. Peace. Wisdom.
In his book Nature (1836), Ralph Waldo Emerson introduced the concept of Transcendentalism — the idea that spiritual truth could be gained by intuition rather than by established doctrine or text. Excerpts from his essay “The Over-Soul” are used in this poem.