A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers By Henry David Thoreau

 -   We had come away up here among
the hills to learn the impartial and unbribable beneficence of
Nature.  Strawberries and - Page 310
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We Had Come Away Up Here Among The Hills To Learn The Impartial And Unbribable Beneficence Of Nature.

Strawberries and melons grow as well in one man's garden as another's, and the sun lodges as kindly under his hillside, - when we had imagined that she inclined rather to some few earnest and faithful souls whom we know.

We found a convenient harbor for our boat on the opposite or east shore, still in Hooksett, at the mouth of a small brook which emptied into the Merrimack, where it would be out of the way of any passing boat in the night, - for they commonly hug the shore if bound up stream, either to avoid the current, or touch the bottom with their poles, - and where it would be accessible without stepping on the clayey shore. We set one of our largest melons to cool in the still water among the alders at the mouth of this creek, but when our tent was pitched and ready, and we went to get it, it had floated out into the stream, and was nowhere to be seen. So taking the boat in the twilight, we went in pursuit of this property, and at length, after long straining of the eyes, its green disk was discovered far down the river, gently floating seaward with many twigs and leaves from the mountains that evening, and so perfectly balanced that it had not keeled at all, and no water had run in at the tap which had been taken out to hasten its cooling.

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