Its flr[flower] embroidered shores & bays enriching all my after days Its teeming life from gulls to [Inuits] A glorious joyful cosmic a most [is one The [ ] the life the joy the [ ] [ ] Proclaiming all is one [showing] from N[north] to S[south] is all one live ocean] And now my proudest song must [shall] be the glories of old Bering Sea Ah me poor doubting doleful sinner I feared its waves might spoil my dinner & had not Harrs[Harrimans] & Muir insisted In faithless fear I might have missed it (& then to think I might had not good Muir & Harriman insisted in faithless fear I might have missed it God bless them Yes my prayer shall be God Bless the Harrimans & he) Henceforth whenever my lot is cast As long as life & sea [waves] last my grateful prayer to [them] shall be God bless the Harrimans & he & every wave of the Bering Sea
(Ah me poor doubting doleful sinner I feared the waves might spoil my dinner) Home again from Arctic climes Jingle jangle merry chimes. Amid my birds & trees & vines I’m training glowing memory’s lines From purple morn to gloaming dark Bright & blithe as [dewy] singing lark Gazing back [over] sea & land To glorious wild Alaska land Its mtns[mountains] robed in ice & snow In light celestial calmly glow Their sculptured peaks & domes & towers Enwreathed with purple mist & flrs[flowers] Range [oer] range in Natures rhyme Stretched [ ] endless & sublime Beneath as pure & radiant skies As [ere] were spread oer paradise
Original journal dimensions: 10.5 x 17.5 cm.
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John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist