John Muir


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Circa Date

circa 1887



The little haymakers with human intelligence endowed with brain stuff like our own, God up here looking after them what lessons they teach. How they widen our sympathy. life on [this lovely barren looking [sketch cutout from reverse side of page] …oaring… nest is…[much]…w of…[…ok] of…ough…road…& far…[r]…[in]…rim…to mind…lize…or [warm happy life in the seeming solitude the thousands of] deer in the forests [feeding & hiding and] caring for their young. [The] strong well clad well fed bears, the lively throng of squirrels [harvesting the food cones of the noblest trees in the world. The grouse & woodpeckers & blessed singing ouzels & piping quails & thousands of sweet-voiced singers nesting & sweetening the leafy groves so silent in the distance.] The blessed birds great & small stirring & sweetening the groves & the clouds of happy insects filling the [blue] sky with joyous hum [their myriad of wings kept them in motions by] as part & parcel of the downpouring [floods of] sunshine. All this [life one]


come [could easily bring] to mind as well as the plant people [as if gathered close about us & the life of the grasses & trees also every cell [was felt] filled with fervid life & motions & the glad bounding] glad streams singing hymns on their way down [rejoicing in all] the canyons to the sea. But [far more] most impressive of all is [was] the vast glowing countenance [rocky face] of the [vast] wilderness [looked] [all peace & power] in awful infinite [into in its still deep] repose [awful & suggestive of subdued conscious power like] the face of very God. [Had a good race] Back to camp in the [midst of the] purple sunset [a fine run] down the long south slopes, across ridges & ravines [ Down over loose blocks of granite] through [a hundred flower] gardens & avalanche gaps [through spongy oozy bogs, now in sunshine, now in the shade of the grand silver firs, up & down over the ridges & valley that lay in my course feeling] enjoying a strange excitement & excess of strength [that overcame all weariness I found myself once more with Billy & the wool bundles in camp soon after the sunset had set] & so ended a day that will never end. [That carried me to camp [on] without conscious fatigue to my camp in [throw] of a beautiful meadow above the Yosemite Valley just in the midst of the purple of the sunset]

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