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




















































































































































 -   Or what have they not written on the face of the earth
already, clearing, and burning, and scratching, and harrowing - Page 5
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Or What Have They Not Written On The Face Of The Earth Already, Clearing, And Burning, And Scratching, And Harrowing, And Ploughing, And Subsoiling, In And In, And Out And Out, And Over And Over, Again And Again, Erasing What They Had Already Written For Want Of Parchment.

As yesterday and the historical ages are past, as the work of to-day is present, so some flitting perspectives, and demi-experiences of the life that is in nature are in time veritably future, or rather outside to time, perennial, young, divine, in the wind and rain which never die.

The respectable folks, - Where dwell they? They whisper in the oaks, And they sigh in the hay; Summer and winter, night and day, Out on the meadow, there dwell they. They never die, Nor snivel, nor cry, Nor ask our pity With a wet eye. A sound estate they ever mend To every asker readily lend; To the ocean wealth, To the meadow health, To Time his length, To the rocks strength, To the stars light, To the weary night, To the busy day, To the idle play; And so their good cheer never ends, For all are their debtors, and all their friends.

Concord River is remarkable for the gentleness of its current, which is scarcely perceptible, and some have referred to its influence the proverbial moderation of the inhabitants of Concord, as exhibited in the Revolution, and on later occasions. It has been proposed, that the town should adopt for its coat of arms a field verdant, with the Concord circling nine times round. I have read that a descent of an eighth of an inch in a mile is sufficient to produce a flow.

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