John Muir


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74 [Every] flrs [flowers] [every] needle [exhaling] [odor] Amid such [innumerable] fragrance [fountains] how wonderful nature. Keep so admirable a balance. Air is [ ] [gross], but subtle essences combined to just that wh [which] gives health & pleasure So also [stream] of [one] meadow [mixed] with juices of a thousand flrs [flowers] [aye] & [minerals] too for water is a universal solvent yet how rich & pure & [exhilaration] drink for gods. Morning comes again hollowed with all the deeds of night. Here 6 or 7000 ft [feet] above sea yet in all this tranquil scenes we feel no [remoteness] no rest from [care] & chafing duties because here they have no existence [every] sense is satisfied for us there is no past no future we live in the present & are full no room for hopes, none

75 For regrets, none for exultation none for fear. Down in the willow [wilderness] are found the [red] stemmed [cornel] & giant larkspur eight feet high interspersed with [castellan] & lupine & boat [leaved] [veratrum] [Leersia] finest of mtn [mountain] grasses. In drier woods the mottle [leaved] Goodyeara & thickets of tall [arching] grass. A cow comes through the woods down into meadow & I know by tracks she had been here before & will all [this] [garden] be made into beef & [mutton] pastures & [be] [delved] by the [hog] [herd] & ditcher’s spade. [I] often wonder what man will do with the mtns [mountains] that is with their [utilizable] destructible [garments] will he cut down all

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