By Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau wrote 4 full-length works, accumulated the following for the 1st time in one quantity. Subtly interweaving ordinary commentary, own event, and historic lore, they exhibit his brilliance not just as a author, yet as a naturalist, student, historian, poet, and thinker. "A Week at the harmony and Merrimack Rivers" relies on a ship journey interested in his brother from harmony, Massachusetts to harmony, New Hampshire. "Walden," one in every of America's nice books, is instantaneously a private statement of independence, social scan, voyage of non secular discovery, handbook of self-reliance, and masterpiece of fashion. "The Maine Woods" and "Cape Cod" painting landscapes altering irreversibly at the same time he wrote. the 1st combines shut statement of the unexplored Maine barren region with a far-sighted plea for conservation; the second one is an excellent and unsentimental account of survival on a barren peninsula within the face of opposed parts, ancient switch, and usual decay.
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Still wandering the sea in thy scaly armor to inquire humbly at the mouths of rivers if man has perchance left them free for thee to enter. By countless shoals loitering uncertain meanwhile, merely stemming the tide there, in danger from sea foes in spite of thy bright armor, awaiting new instructions, until the sands, until the water itself, tell thee if it be so or not. Thus by whole migrating nations, full of instinct, which is thy faith, in this backward spring, turned adrift, and perchance knowest not where men do not dwell, where there are not factories, in these days.
After this long dripping and oozing from every pore, she began to respire again more healthily than ever. So with a vigorous shove we launched our boat from the bank, while the flags and bulrushes courtesied a God-speed, and dropped silently down the stream. Our boat, which had cost us a week's labor in the spring, was in form like a fisherman's dory, fifteen feet long by three and a half in breadth at the widest part, painted green below, with a border of blue, with reference to the two elements in which it was to spend its existence.
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.
Henry David Thoreau : A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers Walden; Or, Life in the Woods The Maine Woods Cape Cod (Library of America) by Henry David Thoreau