[John Muir]


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[2]But now what can say more than wish again that you might expose your soul to the rays of this heaven Silver from the moon illumines this glorious creation which we term 'falls' & has laid a magnificent double prismatic bow at its lose The tissue of the falls is delicately filmed on the outside like the substance of spent clouds, & the stars shine dimly through it, In the#9185 00194[3] 2 solid shafted body of the falls is a vast number of passing caves, black & deep, with close white convolving spray for sills & shooting comet sheaves about & down their sides, like lime crystals in a cave, & every atom of the magnificent being from the thin silvery crest that does not dim the stars to the inner arrowy hardened shafts that strike onward like thunder bolts in sound & energy all is life & spirit, every bolt & spray feels the hand of God



Date Original

1871 Apr 3


Original letter dimensions: 13.5 x12 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0405

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Page 2


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