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[60] to the management of the Dial whatever of steadfastness it had. He, like his friend Margaret, had drunk deeply at the newly opened well of German literature, and he was one of the best translators of that language, so that they were both ready and willing to enrich American letters from this source. He also introduced her to Emerson, who had then removed from Cambridge to Concord, and the editorship of the Dial was always limited to these three. The magazine was, therefore, always kept substantially in Cambridge hands.

The three papers, by these several editors, which gave the literary keynote to the new periodical, were the opening address, “The editors to the reader,” by Emerson, “An essay on critics,” by Margaret Fuller,--both these being in the first number,--and an essay in the second number called “The art of life; the scholar's calling,” by Hedge. The latter has passages distinctly bearing on our literary future as seen from 1840:--

“Hitherto our literature has been but an echo of other voices and climes. Generally, in the history of nations, song has preceded ”

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