John Muir


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Circa Date

circa 1887



And the dawn & the sunrise of these mountain days, the sweet rose light creeping higher among the stars changing to daffodil yellow [& all so fine in tone & movement of change the best words seem rough & altogether unavailing]

Then the level [sun]beams bursting forth, streaming across the [feathered] ridges [gradually] touching pine after pine awakening and warming all the mighty host to do gladly their shining days work.[& [making them burn on their topmost branches, down creeping until every one is [awakened] warmed & awakened in the glorious baptism.]

[Then the] glowing [throbbing day of pure sungold vitalizing all] The great sungold days the landscape [& making it] beam with consciousness like the face of God [a loving human face,] & the noon clouds [coming on of] and the sunset when [every feature of the Ridge became more deeply impressive, and] they [tree] stood hushed [with an expectant look as if] waiting their [Suns blessed farewell] blessing and goodnight. Divine enduring, unwastable[Aye, fine wealth [more enduring than the hills and the mountains] [pictures these] to carry away however much I [was blind to][may] have failed to see [missed the meaning of them all]

Page 113 m.a.s.

[Now away] on we go [to] toward the topmost mountain [the far Alps] many still small voices as well as the moon thunder [as if a voice were head] calling, "Come up higher". [Yet humiliating it is that sheep [in any degree control our going] should be our leaders. Money & bread.]

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