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Thoreau and the Language of Trees$
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Richard Higgins and Robert D. Richardson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294042

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294042.001.0001

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As High a Heaven

As High a Heaven

Chapter:
(p.102) As High a Heaven
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Thoreau and the Language of Trees
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Richard Higgins

Richard Higgins

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294042.003.0011

The sound of wind in the trees one summer day led Thoreau to a moment of intense joy and gratitude to God for his life.

The cricket, the gurgling stream, the rushing wind amid the trees, all speak to me soberly yet encouragingly of the steady onward progress of the universe. My heart leaps into my mouth at the sound of the wind in the woods. I whose life was but yesterday so desultory and shallow suddenly recover my spirits, my spirituality, through my hearing. I see a goldfinch go twittering through the still, louring...

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