John Muir


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to the sky but the S [sequoia] cannot go so fast both the firs & pine outgrow [ ] far to [sunward] take wind & sun out of the sails & in 40 or 50 yrs give up & die

The [meteorologists] may get from those Tree Kings fine lessons upon [change] of [ ]

But there is another class far more [ ] [ ] who should come to see the [Kings]. I mean the weary & heavy laden [toilers] going on [trial] round of [ ] [invented] duties Come to the woods for here is rest no repose like the green [deep] woods All are born tree lovers Witness the [pathetic] attempt in [parks] & in [pet] [shade] [saplings] shadow [thy] window & gables [ ] [town] doors [he] would [fain] import our necessary supply of living forest As we [do] [our] Sugar & wheat but as well seek to move the mtns The trees will not come without the mountains Calmest [place] in mtns [ ] is no strife no stress We hear of Sequoia & pine [ ] [ ] of a thousand yrs etc but this [ ] do not [ ] [ ] & [they] grow in sheltered dells & hollows where storms do not fall go to the [string] pks [peaks] & see what woods you will find

but here [grow] grown the wall flowers & violets [just] the places where the [wild] would choose. The quiet lands [here] [brood]

The Sq [Squirrel] will come & sit upon [your] [knees] & such [magnetism to [tame] the shattered nerve just to see him [whether] [hunkering] on the [branches] cutting off winter cones or down on ground gazing into holes & [beneath] old logs

Woodcock wake in morning with [restless] notes loud & as doleful as those of cock of barnyard. Sun on the trees eye [here] [views] [explain] The dells [saunter] among the [flowering] [ ]] & watch the [ ] restful waving soothing of pines Steeped in forgetfulness of all ill

Nature keeps up rotation of crops & the [ ] is not [ ] with pines in all the world Geology [teaches] & [belief][set] The same thing going on [life] [ ] [ ] But Nature is deliberate All slow changes are invisible to most people in theirs a [long] fast age

Sounds If you walk the woods at this [season] you have heard various [piping] of the [mtn] quail [the] cries of the [ ] [woodcock], great pileated woodpecker bigger [than] [ ] & [ ] strong the sound of falling [trees] loud thumping as [ ] [ ] [ ]

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