[Robert Underwood] Johnson
[7?]“Outglow the rainbow” – good “Love in Italy” – [lively?] & witty Life at its full is holiest Thy heart a thronged confessional A fount of sympathy, a store Of jewels at an open door Very good & the end of the poem is capital. “Grass half-robin high”, in a spring prelude is I think very good & vivid & so is “Oriole flute rich as his coat” Love in the Calendar has wit & a jolly lilt, When chinks in Aprils windy dome Let through a day of June – And every sound’s a tune – are fine sturdy poetic lines A sigh from now & it will be night in September Eve – good. So is the line – When tired equinoctials sleep, in “October” Here is the watershed of all the year8The [gaunt?] & wrinkled orchard shivers ’neath the blast like Lear upon the English heath And mossy boughs blow wild that undistressed Another spring shall hide the cheerful nest These lines in “November” seem to me wonderfully vivid & telling The Washington Hymn is grand but too short The poet that “Lights up the farthest dark & the final haze – very fine. In Browning at Asolo Yesterday he was part of it all – Sat here, discerning cloud from snow In the flush of the Alpine afterglow is vivid & telling as only the poet can make it. O muffled bell If speech “Divided Honors” is very clever & so is A tracer for J.B. These are the lines that at first sight caught my eye. It seems wonderful9that such a working, fighting man of affairs as you are should be so much a poet. I’m proud of you – go ahead & plan up more poets gold to brace & cheer & inspire your many already deeply indebted friends. I send herewith a few clippings will send more soon – Also the report of the Yosemite Commissioners containing the governors letter to the chairman of the Senate Committee on public lands – The governor is as you will see violently opposed to recession. We have found out (directors of the Sierra Club) that Caminetti’s bill is mainly in the interest of lumberman & those who own timber claims for sale to lumbermen – Timber claims within the boundaries of the park are very nearly worthless to the owners as they can make no use of them
1893 Jan 13
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