93 Civilization [that] is whose exaltations & embellishments make one see [cursed & blasted] unsavable desolation in the purest most open newborn fields with their gushing harvests of terrestrial beauty [every] [morsel] overflowed with divine love by tender love (Bear death chamber) Love of God shed freely [imparbaly/impartialy] as his light, rayless bodyless essence. No [squaredged] inflexible lines in nature we seek to establish a narrow lane between us & the feathery zeros wh we dare to call angels but ask a partition [barrier] of [width] infinite to show the rest of creation a proper place [Rear] young no end begin of life. 94 Started with essences & crumbs next time my pack hurriedly made up [seemed] loose & light insubstantial as a squirrels tail. Fraseria spinosa 4 [parted] tall Camasia [camassia] esculenta Viola blanda or palustris Mertensia on clds rest at Hopkins Viola adunca blue (meadow) Aug 17 \72 on Cath Meadows alt 9820 ft in full [moon] all horizon bettered & lifed. I want immortality! To read [this] terrestrial language. This good & tough mountain climbing flesh is not my final home & I’ll creep out of it & fly free & grow. Cutting of perp walls difficult in basin & canons but easy on ridge ends. Glaciers have tides. So have mountains so all [things/threads].
Original journal dimensions: 13.5 x 12.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist