“On no subject are our ideas more warped and pitiable than on death…Let children walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life, and that the grave has no victory, for it never fights. All is divine harmony.”

John Muir (1838 – 1914)

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  1. Mom/Grandma Says:

    I like Muir’s quote very much …
    My favorite poem is from “SPRING” by Richard Hovey (also of Muir’s period): ‘I have need of the sky. I have business with the grass. I will up and get me away where the hawk is wheeling, Lone and high, And the slow clouds go by. I will get me away to the waters that glass The clouds as they pass, I will get me away to the woods.

    Quote by Richard Hovey, late 19thC., I found the full text for the poem online in The Bibelot: (early 20thC.) A Reprint of Poetry and Prose for for Book Lovers, Vol. X, Testimonial Edition, Pub. by Thomas B. Mosher Portland, Maine; Wm. Wise & Co, New York, 1904; pp.278-87.

    Full Title is: IX. ALONG THE TRAIL: LYRICS BE RICHARD HOVEY.

  2. Kathryn Says:

    I love the Hovey poem too!

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