Louie Strentzel Muir


Martinez, Cal. Oct. 15-86 “Oh we love this world that we live in and we do not know much about any other world. Oh we love the days in this beautiful world, for we can run and play and have a grand time, and the Lord can see us all the time and we can not see Him. Oh how grand and great He is! (repeat) He makes all people, all dogs, and even all hens. He makes gold and silver. How grand and great He is! He makes frogs and elephants, the lovely stars, and moon, and all things. We love Him, oh we love Him! The stars are fires up in the sky. The sun is a bigger fire. Oh the lovely, lovely stars! But one thing he did not do – He did not name the stars, but I Suppose He could if he wanted to. And he made mountains, and even mountains in the moon – that great moon that we see. Oh we love the moon! The moon is a big fire – as big as from here to Martinez. Oh how great, and good, and wonderful He is! He made the pretty, pretty, little girls, and when they are grown up they can have houses of their own, and then they can talk to the Lord though they can not see Him. Oh how great, and grand, and good He is! He makes shells and birds and the little chickens – and He makes rose bushes and water and stones. Oh how we love Him! And He makes ivy to run up the porches, and He even makes walruses and tusks for them. Oh it is very great and strange to us but I suppose it is not at all strange to Him. The page is ended and this song is ended.”


Martinez, CA

Date Original



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Resource Identifier

1886 Oct 15

Collection Identifier

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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