49 The very [problem] of orchards that [ ] most spiritual of trees purple bark etc. seeds [phyllodoce] & Cassiope ferns lapping of lake these gentle & delicate children of nature touch as the presence & the everpresent love of God they are voices of God speaking love with the greatest expressions of his power, always explaining & pointing out the love wh is coupled with [his] power divine & ever now in that these ice days are past cold is the wind & deep the snow Dark at noon with the throng of clustered flakes trees bowed& buried beneath snow avalanches & [ ] hail & sleet what is the result Pure as mansions of heaven. As God withered grasses, seed [ ], sedges, mountain shadow & [ ] logs 50 They are voices of nature speaking telling love & beauty in themselves & explaining by their own trustfulness in these grand expressions of power the love wh accompanies them Those dear confiding flowers & [underlies & overlies] & pervades. those sparkling banks crystalled with quartz & gamets & [ ]. Those birds & squirrels this lake soothing lisping waves. Its wavelets pulsing low music. These conscious trees those [compelling] mountains Oh not cold & desolate not lifeless & here but clothed with light gushing with life in every pore & blending with the joy & beauty & the pure existence about it. The whole one of Gods simplest expressions of his beauty & purity his love & power Cassiope one of large family, [purp] [ ] & calyx & pure white cap, not [ ] droops more gracefully Lake a bright round a [lalak] moondisc of
Original journal dimensions: 13.5 x 12.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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