Englands genius filled all measureOf heart and soul, of strength and pleasure,Gave to the mind its emperor,And life was larger than before:Nor sequent centuries could hitOrbit and sum of Shakespeares wit. The men who lived with him becamePoets, for the air was fame.
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Source Notes: Source: RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Solution, lines 3542, Poems, p. 222 .These lines are inscribed above the fireplace in the old reading room of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 April 27, 1882) was a famous American essayist and one of America's most influential thinkers and writers.