John Muir


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111 Rivers work [openly] & so does the silence [ ] & the [frost] [ ] the great ocean in all climes in all its moods of calm & storm [proclaims its power & modes of working] & even this universal [invisible sea] ocean of breath though invisible speaks aloud in a thousand voices, but a glac [glacier] works apart from man exerting its tremendous energies & proclaims its modes of working & its home in silence & darkness outstretched spirit like brooding above [predestined] rocks & mtns [mountains] yet unborn it works on through unmeasured times until its appointed tasks are done every [dome] & mountain form polished & carved & [engraved] then [noisless] as when [it] came in [crystals] from the ski it departs Home [ ] made for the meadows & lakes moraine slopes & [ ] for a thousand flowers & fields for [coming] forests. Many mountains & its domes chiseled & carved complete 112 Gl consolidated forked [tree] like mass of dead crystals flowers of snow ripened pollen from the clouds. [Broad] & lake like [marked] [ ] [ ] by smooth domes & crests & shaded towers showing grandly with their black shadows on the snow white [ ] [clasped] edged with short radiating tributaries. The vast Tuolumne glacier flowed past it on the north [Hoff] on the S & E [ ] from, the cascade & [ribbon] on the west. [sketch] Fissure near 2nd flake edge with head to left of mark on rock right eye [shut]

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