John Muir


Emily [O. Pelton]


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2.Their plants arranged at rest and free The time goes by in noisy glee On silent, they at rest reclined The dreams sheaves of fancy bind On thoughtful mark the future day When like the snow shall melt away This blooming life of all the land Crushed in winters icy landPerhaps a district school is near deep in the wood all lone and dear For Yankee Sam would as he lives Prove all the bliss which giving gives By granting farms and education To seeking poor of every nation But ever doth his bowels move Towards badger youth with special love And thus his schools has sprinkled wide O'er prairie swell and dark hillside Where turning sons of every trade But chiefly young or luckless maid 3.Impart with care and cute precision The rule of three and long division Tis here shrewd badgers seek to rise And shew their native enterprise - This trading youth with sheltered face Will sell by signs and sly grimace His captive squirrel or whittled boat As lining from an only coat While teacher hums a favorite sound As turns the plants upon her bound That wait with flaming hues to shed The painted beauties on her head And often too they'd seek again With much of joy and much of pain That [illegible] most blast that [illegible] swell The College ground beloved so well On either side a lake is near Maple fringed and glassy clear The briery glens behind are gay Bedecked in Natures easy way While picture like from shore to shore The capital is spread before


Fountain Lake [Wisc.]

Date Original

[18]64 Feb 27-Mar 1

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Reel 01, Image 0662

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Page 16


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