John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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4against us, Anyhow sooner as later we must be successful. Allen a special Agent of the Interior Department, attended one of the meetings of the directors of our club & submitted his report asking suggestions & [illegible] in the Yosemite & Tulare Reservation aims & this report probably submitted ere this is as strongly favorable as we could make it. We meet again tomorrow chiefly for the Yosemite question & will do what we can. Your Century editorial was capital And now your poems – it goes without saying that so keen a literary sharp would write nothing silly even in verse but I never knew before that you were so much a poet.5I have sauntered through your songs, only once & doubtless have missed much of the best they hold, but I am going to them again. I too love the [illegible]rse ever golden & am glad you set it “at the door of your little book – suggestive of the gold within.[“?] The Winter Hour is a fine manly well-balanced poem but you should not have introduced candle-light as you have in the second line, Candle light is a feeble greasy smutty thing: rather you should have gone straight to the glowing god like heart of the fire on the hearth. “The world is saved not lost by fire” a good line, Here you might possibly have hinted Volcanoes, god’s hearths77about which wheat & wine, life & light abound. "Where's a warmer friend than fire" is certainly a safe question. The "Hearth song" is lively & goes dancing on like a hillside stream. Fireflies mock the early stars, - a good line, & so is "the music's lullaby Locks down at last the sleepy eye"- -where Beyond the midnight & the dawn Has now that other footstep gone- Very fine Poets that keep the world in heart Milton's massive lines that pour like waves upon a windward shore Wordsnorth's refuge from the crowd - -like a lark that mounts so high He sees not earth but from the sky fine lines all of them A [illegible] of Dagnan-Bouveret is charming


Martinez, Cal

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1893 Jan 13


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Reel 07, Image 0748

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