John Muir


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Late sunlight looks like a trim polished perfect existence the dome Tissiack looks down the valley like the most living thing of all the rocks & mtns [mountains] one would fancy that there are brains in that lofty [thoughtful] brow. How grandly comes the gloaming over [among] this pearly beauty. What praise songs pour from the white chambers of the falls. Surely the Lord loves this new creation, & his angels are now looking down [now] at this new thing that his hands have wrought.

During the night preceding this blessed day a great quantity of rain fell. rain to the valley snow to the mts [mountains], The falls [below]

11 Yo Sem [Yosemite] were living again with the full [gushing] throbbing glory of prime, louder sprayed the divine shafts of [ ], deeper [& deeper] grew the intense pressed whiteness of its clustered mingled meteors. The wind went fearlessly into the black-walled chambers of [the] waters, now softly bearing away only the light outer [quiet outside] sprays [of the outside]. now seizing the whole column swaying it back & forth [uncertainly] as if seeking to direct its efforts to some particular rock & [notes] on taking up the whole ponderous mass & bending upward turning the whole stream up the mountain & back to its sources, [by] in a magnificent bow. How wonderful that so [irresistible] a thing as a descending torrent can be checked & turned backward like a film of mist by so ordinary an agent as the air [wind] we breathe


Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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