John Muir


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circa 1887



as plants [they feed upon But] The beauty of their [movements and] gestures & attitudes alert or in repose surprise [me] yet more than their bounding exuberant strength [bright wholesome]. Every movement & posture is [exquisitely] graceful the very [whence came that kind of beauty The most careful & long continued training of boys & girls/ children by the best masters aided by what Nature is allowed to do for them would still fail to produce such elegant manners such fine harmonious] poetry of manners [limb] & motion. Mother Nature is too often spoken of as in reality no mother at all. Yet how wisely, sternly, tenderly [infinitely true & wise & beauty loving she is & how tenderly & well ] she loves & looks after [all] her children in all sorts of weather [in woods, waters] & wildernesses [everywhere] The more I see of deer the more I admire them [Deer are capital] mountaineers. They make [making] their way in to the heart of the roughest [mountain] with smooth reserves of strength through dense belts of brush & forests [through logs over piles of angular] encumbered with fallen trees & boulder[s] piles across roaring streams,[& deep sheer walled] canyons & snowfields ever showing forth beauty [over broad fields of frozen snow, everywhere they make their] [a most admirable creature & great credit to Nature]


Over nearly all the continent the Deer finds homes. In the Florida savannas & hummocks, in the Canada woods, in the far north, roaming over mossy tundras, swimming lakes & rivers & arms of the sea from island to island washed with waves, or climbing rocky mountains, everywhere healthy & able & adding beauty to every landscape. A truly admirable creature & great credit to Nature. ¶ Continue from p 100 2d line from bottom “Have been sketching” etc

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