Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (180382)
Englands genius filled all measure Of heart and soul, of strength and pleasure, Gave to the mind its emperor, And life was larger than before: Nor sequent centuries could hit Orbit and sum of Shakespeares wit. The men who lived with him became Poets, for the air was fame.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Solution, lines 3542, Poems, p. 222 (1918).
These lines are inscribed above the fireplace in the old reading room of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.