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Which text of "Compensation" is right ?

http://www.brainythoughts.com/ebooks/Emerson_Compensation.pdf

http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/rwemerson/bl-rwemer-essays-3.htm

 

I´ve found that both texts differ on the paragraph begining with:

"This Law writes the laws of the cities and nations."

But then quickly change!

Text 2:

"If the law is too mild, private vengeance comes in. If the government is a terrific democracy, the pressure is resisted by an overcharge of energy in the citizen, and life glows with a fiercer flame. The true life and satisfactions of man seem to elude the utmost rigors or felicities of condition, and to establish themselves with great indifferency under all varieties of circumstances. "

Text 1:

"Nothing arbitrary, nothing artificial can endure. The true life and satisfactions of man seem to elude the utmost rigors or felicities of condition and to establish themselves with great indifferency under all varieties of circumstance. Under all governments the influence of character remains the same,—in Turkey and New England about alike"

I apreciate if someone can tell me which one is the original.

Thanks,

Rafael



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