July 11, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

How valuable & significant is shade now— Trees appear valuable for shade mainly—& we observe their shadows as much as their form & foliage. The waving of the meadow grass near Fair Haven Isle—is very agreeable & refreshing to one looking down from an elevation. It appears not merely like a waving—or undulation but a progress—a creeping as of an invisible army over it—its flat curly head. The grass appears tufted—watered. On the river the ripple is continued into the pads—where it is smoother—a longer undulation. Pines or evergreens do not attract so much attention now. They have retired on the laurels of the winter.


What is called genius is the abundance of life or health so that whatever addresses the senses—as the flavor of these berries—or the lowing of that cow—which sounds as if it echoed along a cool mt side just before night—where odoriferous dews perfume the air and there is everlasting vigor serenity—& expectation of perpetual untarnished morning—each sight & sound & scent & flavor—intoxicates with a healthy intoxication— The shrunken stream of life overflows its banks makes & fertilizes broad intervals from which generations derive their sustenances. This is the true overflowing of the Nile. So exquisitely sensitive are we—  It makes us embrace our fates & instead of suffering or indifference, we enjoy & bless.