John Muir


William Trout


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2longingly back into that blessed old "Hollow" among the hemlocks hoping to revisit it, & I believe I shall yet. Indeed I feel quite sentimental about it, it was so full of trees & mosses & liverworts & wild life of so many kinds, & its far reaching associations I could almost sing with Johnnie Boyce "O! how I love the sawmill"! I remember nearly all of that immortal poem. In the last verse mechanics & religion were curiously mixed, & both sense & rhyme went a trifle wrong, faith not uncommon in older poets. Here it is "It was God who made the sawmillThat stands beside the streamI hope to go to Him when I dieAnd in his kingdom reign"But if I allow myself to wander


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1904-08-10 00:00


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Reel 14, Image 0466

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