John Muir


[A. H., Fay, Emma and Frank Sellers]


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4And round the cooling lily pond In clouds of rhododendron That vie With sunset sky In red & purple glory Another version of Arabran story. Fairy groves & halls & cool verandas A bloom with flowers & [fern?] & s[illegible] Which to no pen of mine Will come to rhyme, or time While here I weary swoon & swelter Every day a worser melter Eking out a life precarious On scraps of have-beens odd & various Icebergs, forests, streams, auroras, glacier meadows, mountain floras All in fading memory mingled In dullest prose or doggerel jingled. My useless clothes are falling fast, Before this wilting scorching blast My broiling flesh is gone or going Like snow in sunshine melting, flowing


New York

Date Original

1893 Jun 24


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1162

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Page 4


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