John Muir


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to those beings who are not held by time land waves rise & fall fast as those of the water. Plants are not a covering -or mantle No part of our world needs to be hidden. All is perfectly beautiful Change & death is not plainly written [over] trees of the South, like the inhabitants of a city the leaves of tropical trees die unnoticed one by one at any time with out causing visible change The glory of God is everywhere How could Moses make the request “Show me thy Glory” “Dismal Swamp” no such place in nat Swamps are peopled with plants of the purest beauty & glow in their darkest chambers with the presence God Dismal swamps can be found only in the wide desolate wastes of human hearts the ox stepping on ants [Sea] is not cruel Winter never “rages,” se[a]es not its victims, as In sailing over the great ocean we see only a little of its surface & in going in the forests & prairies we see only the surface Thus in the sea there are shallow places & places of clear water & so also there are clear We measure the sea by fathoms & miles so we measure & shallow places in the great deep oceans the great unknown sea of pls. & the arithmetical statement of their of plants By waiting at the shallows & zones & latitudes is about all we can give the shores we glean great truths So with plants We have reward in the most glorious views of the Divine mind We gain but a few drops from the ocean of any science but the drops are great

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