John Muir


[Strentzel family]


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5 [deleted: until] And in spring & early summer when the hot sunbeams are poured lavishly down upon the snow fountains of the Alps, & the liberated waters sing jubilee, then is the flood time of our songsters melody, & [deleted: the] his richest strains course pour= =ing from his breast, like a river over- =flowing its banks – But as to the in= =fluence of the weather – dark days & sun- -days seem all alike to [underlined: him] The voices of most song birds suffer a long winter eclipse, but I never knew an ouzel to cease his singing in any season, or in any kind of weather snowing, blowing, cloudy, or clear, all the same he sings, & never a note of sadness – no need of spring sunshine to thaw his song, for it never freezes, nothing wintry


[San Francisco]

Date Original

[1878 Apr 27]


Original letter dimensions: 22 x 31 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0786

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Page 2


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