In the Woods We Return (Emerson)
7th movement from the cantata, SEVEN PRINCIPLES by Wally Kleucker

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The seventh movement from a cantata by Wally Kleucker, "The Seven Principles" for narrator, soloist, mixed chorus and orchestra.
The seventh principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association is "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."

The text of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) follows:
In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life
…which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air,
and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I
am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or
particle of God. ..I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty."

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