and Other Natural History Essays
Henry David Thoreau
Fishes, Reptiles and Amphibians
by Dr. Aug. Schleyer; Berlin. 1890
American Botanist, Friend of Darwin
New England Beyond Criticism
In Defense of Americas First Literature
Thumbing Through Thoreau
A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau
On The Study Of Words
by Richard C. Trench
Thoreau the Land Surveyor
Walden, or Life in the Woods
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Yesterday I made out the black and the white ashes. A double male white
ash in Miles's Swamp, and two black ashes with sessile leaflets. A
female white ash near railroad, in Stow's land. The
white ashes by Mr. Pritchard's have no blossoms, at least as yet.
If I am right, the black ash is improperly so called, from the color of its bark being lighter than the white. Though it answers to the description in other respects, even to the elder-like odor of the leaves, I should like still to see a description of the yellow ash.
I think that the existence of man in nature is the divinest and most startling of all facts. It is a fact which few have realized
Who shall say that there is no God, if there is a just man. It is only within a year that it has occurred to me that there is such a being actually existing on the globe. Now that I perceive that it is so, many questions assume a new aspect. We have not only the idea and vision of the divine ourselves, but we have brothers, it seems, who have this idea also.
Methinks my neighbor is better than I, and his thought is better than mine. There is a representative of the divinity on earth, of [whom] all things fair and noble are to be expected. We have the material of heaven here. I think that the standing miracle to man is man. Behind the paling yonder, come rain or shine, hope or doubt, there dwells a man, an actual being who can sympathize with our sublimest thoughts.
The revelations of nature are infinitely glorious and cheering, hinting to us of a remote future, of possibilities untold; but startlingly near to us some day we find a fellow-man.
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