John Muir


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73 Morning light [unshining] rayless no [ ] of solar gold beamless [unbashed] of all its purple & gold erupted does not [pour] among mountain peaks Distance lends no azure hue Mountains not poured upon, baptized [in gushing] in torrents of moving beams but each pervaded with the soul of light wh here is boundless [ ] as God who is light purity newborn from the soul of the sun ere it has rest a [ ] of good or bad from our star We have seen [rich pulsing] light gush upon the waking world, rich golden, pouring unspent torrents upon the hillsides & filling up the vallies glorious pulsing vital blessing. The trees the mtns are not near or far. They are made one with soul light unseperate unclothed all open in the [rivine] 74 Soul all dissolved in the mysterious in [ ] spirit of holy light. Not even the badly [beams] of outpoured out spread [garment] light to veil them from the touch the contact of God. Mtn pks [mountain peaks] stand around as if specially assembled by their maker, they do not hold grandly to the sky they do not brood with thought they have no language no gestures, they seem only to wait in the very special presences of the great Lord. Death of Yo Sem [Yosemite] [bear] We hide from the lessons of Nature sun [toiling] [& gasping] in the various treadmills of life. We gaze morbidly through civilized fog at & see waste & deserts on our beautiful world wh is clad with seamless beauty, & [ferocious] bests, but savage deserts & savage beasts & savage storms are expressions of Gods beauty & his power inseparably [combined] with [love ]

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