John Muir


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There stands [ ] tree bright & [strong] [white] against the clear blue sky its boughs broad spreading & drooping like an [elm] [ ] [ ] A few silvery springs adorn the trunk on W side but the east side is bare for a [height] of 10 miles there the whole trunk divides in splendid boughs radiating in every direction. 2 [bright] [ ] lakes [fruit] [worthy] such a tree hang upon a [middle] branch [W] but the most heavily laden branch [ ] with fruit flowers is the lowest on the E side laden with lakes what [ ] of [ ] & [shades] [green] & purple & [glistening] white The whole [ ] [whiter] [ ] The sky a [perfectly balanced] [ ] bright unit of beauty [a poem of form] A song of [form] A song of color A song of sound out spokenly divine

One of the grandest mtn [scriptures] the hand of God has yet revealed


Now the great Yo Falls is seldom seen [exiting] [foam] meadow [distance of] a mile, [away] [& at] this uncordial distance it is closely veiled securely [down] even as much as the great rocks for such lazy [ ] observer [very] returning “Stare for Stare” One would naturally suppose that a stream of water only 25 feet broad & 3 or 4 ft deep with a current of 3 or 4 miles an hour would on falling freely over so tremendous a precipice be dashed into a formally cloud of [beelous] [writhing] mist but such is by no means the case, from top to bottom it is a work of greater orderly beauty, but in order that we may obtain some definite notion of the structure of the fall in its various forms [through] out its different parts. Let us suppose that in the midst of its headlong descent with all

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Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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