John Muir


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plains are of a softer calmer holier kind but not fitted for the “sticks & stones of humanity” they will not come un-called & cannot pierce eyeballs that are accustomed only to the [passage ] of dirt. [C] No. 7, The [cog] rocks east of Bridal Veil all that is left of Yo Sem [Yosemite] but this [glorious] canon is a Yo Sem [Yosemite] the 2nd We are in the perfect shade of the rock of canon wall beneath a new species of chestnut oak. A couple of silver firs a [ceadar] maple flowering camus & calycanthus. The oak has a [magnificent] fringed cup, & lined inside with brown satiny hairs. We are upon the extreme western end of the grand Yosemite wharf where material from all the forms of the valley and of all the mtns beyond. Chips from the Lords manufactory [ ] [granite] of all shades & texture feldspar of diorite fragmentary chippings and rubbish with respect to the sculptured mountain, creation but each a perfect creation in itself. Each fragment & atom a volume written within & without. In fractures we can read upon the chips the story of the tools that made them so here are fragments stricken off by the lightening, by the frost by the rain & wind. Here are [ ] that tell of the [strokes] of the silent [deer] & of the hammer blows of driven hail. A mild wind comes up canon playing upon all kinds of leaves with a music for itself & falls that are [white] in the rocks & for every creature that the Lord is keeping here. A willow shows endlessshades of black green & silver while as the wind exposes the under side of the leaf. As beautiful & [compound] a shade as ever was cast over mortal giddy with the intoxication [ ] a glossy black pool in which the bushes were reflected as in [ ] the [glornerate] [ ] of [cornus] yellow [winged] [samaras] a few starry [ ] in [pool] The most jagged river [feathering] ever beheld [ ] Islandic rock in middle stream tumbled [ ] grandly [sculptured] [walls]

Date Original

circa July 1874


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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