86 black shadows down water [over] all blown W [west] 1000 wide hushed. Gap 100 ft wide 200 l [long] carved by water [sketch: small fall; clashing kissing; 100 ft at [standpoint]] [sketch: 15 ft; 3 or 4 ft. [ ] [heavy] claps]
87 We seem to imagine [are apt to think] that since Herod cut off the head of John Baptist [the] voice of no preacher is to be heard in the wilderness but this is a mistake wh [which] we could not make if we ever went into wilderness. There is no portion of the Earth so wild or desolate as not to have Gods [ministers] For the love of God permeates all the Earth & covers it just as it is covered by the deep sky & this love receives voices from birds flowers & mtns [mountains] just as banks sheets of silent snow burst forth in songful cascading waters. Yo Sem [Yosemite] Creek is at once one of the sublimest & sweetest & [deepest] [loved] Evangels of the mtn [mountain] [John Baptists of the mtns [mountains]] [love] Apostles scattered & martyred With glossy interfused
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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