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... no fire can be hotter than the heavenly fire of faith and hope that burns in every healthy boy's heart.
Kings may be blessed; we were glorious, we were free, - school cares and scoldings, heart thrashings and flesh thrashings alike, were forgotten in the fullness of Nature's glad wildness.
Image below: US postage stamp issued in 1998 with the image of John Muir. Source
My aunt had a corner assigned to her in our garden which she filled with lilies, and we all looked with the utmost respect and admiration at that precious lily-bed and wondered whether when we grew up we should ever be rich enough to own one anything like so grand. We imagined that each lily was worth an enormous sum of money and never dared to touch a single leaf or petal of them. We really stood in awe of them.
We have to look far back to learn how great may be the capacity of a child's heart for sorrow and sympathy with animals as well as with human friends and neighbors.
So far from complete at times is sympathy between parents and children, and so much like wild beasts are baby boys, little fighting, biting, climbing pagans.
The first US postal stamp featuring John Muir and his contribution as one of the first and most influential conservationists. Issued on April 29, 1964. Designed by Rudolph Wendelin, and titled John Muir and Redwood Forest.