July 15, 1854

in Thoreau’s Journal:

This cooler—still cloudy weather after the rain is very autumnal & restorative to our spirits— The robin sings—still—but the goldfinch twitters over oftener—& I hear the link link of the bobolink (one perfect strain!) and the crickets creak more as in the fall— All these sounds dispose our minds to serenity….

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We seem to be passing or to have passed a dividing line between spring & autumn—& begin to descend the long slope toward winter.