J[ulia] M[errill] Moores


John Muir


King Death.

King Death was a rare old fellow! He sat where no sun could shine; And he lifted his hand so yellow, And poured out his coal-black wine. Hurrah! for the coal black wine!

There came to him many a Maiden, Where eyes had forgot to shine; And widows with grief [illegible] laden, For a draught of his sleepy wine. Hurrah! for the coal-black wine!

The Scholar left all his learning; The Poet his fanced woes; And the Beauty her bloom returning Like life to the fading rose. Hurrah! for the coal-black wine!

All came to the royal old fellow Who laughed till his eyes dropped brine,


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So he gave them his hand so yellow And pledged them in Deaths black wine Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! for the coal-black wine!

If this is not the one – let me know – and & I will try again – but I think I am right this time. The direction on the yellow envelope is written by Charles’ Aunt Kate So I send it. Merrill sends his love – he is going to Danville Ill. to visit his cousins for a fort night after school is over.

Good night J.M. Moores

Char. remarks, that “That Cornwall don’t know much about [underlined: punctuality] – He gets his exclamations wrong.”


[Indianapolis ?]

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Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 1194

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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