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




















































































































































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They Are The Natural Highways Of All Nations, Not Only Levelling The Ground And Removing Obstacles From The Path Of

The traveller, quenching his thirst and bearing him on their bosoms, but conducting him through the most interesting scenery, the

Most populous portions of the globe, and where the animal and vegetable kingdoms attain their greatest perfection.

I had often stood on the banks of the Concord, watching the lapse of the current, an emblem of all progress, following the same law with the system, with time, and all that is made; the weeds at the bottom gently bending down the stream, shaken by the watery wind, still planted where their seeds had sunk, but erelong to die and go down likewise; the shining pebbles, not yet anxious to better their condition, the chips and weeds, and occasional logs and stems of trees that floated past, fulfilling their fate, were objects of singular interest to me, and at last I resolved to launch myself on its bosom and float whither it would bear me.

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SATURDAY.

"Come, come, my lovely fair, and let us try Those rural delicacies." _Christ's Invitation to the Soul._ ^Quarles^

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SATURDAY.

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At length, on Saturday, the last day of August, 1839, we two, brothers, and natives of Concord, weighed anchor in this river port; for Concord, too, lies under the sun, a port of entry and departure for the bodies as well as the souls of men; one shore at least exempted from all duties but such as an honest man will gladly discharge.

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