John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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The glories of great Behring Sea--Ah me! poor doubting doleful sinnerI feared its waves might spoil my dinnerAnd had not H. & Muir insistedIn faithless wreck I might have missed itI thought to stop at old Dutch HarborBoarding with an old Dutch barberAnd, while the ship was gone go huntingThe gold-crowned sparrow & snowflake buntingAnd thus I might have lost the wholeMy head, the sea, perhaps my soulWhere dizzy cloud & fogs roll downOn Oonalaska icy crownMaking the famous wolves howl longerAs they picked my bones to make them strongerAs now I view it o'er againIt seem an awful might—have—beenThis dreadful fate Thank Heaven is passedFor Muir most kindly held me fastAnd made me leave that old Dutch HarborGive up the sparrows, give up the barberAnd stay aboard the ship & sailTo Behring Sea with with [sic] blissful gale--If on that ship there was one angleWho brought for me a true evangel07196


Martinez [Calif.]

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Reel 10, Image 1027

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