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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.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 April 27, 1882) was a famous American essayist and one of America's most influential thinkers and writers.

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