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Hear you, or forbear...

Posted by Pierre Garon on April 07, 2008 at 18:31:

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about Goethe in "Representative Men" thus: "He has the formidable independence which converse with truth gives: hear you, or forbear, his fact abides; and..." What does the segment "hear you, or forbear, his fact abides" mean?