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Scenery on a humble scale (Walden 126)

Thoreau's Cove, Concord, Massachusetts. ca 1908. Wikimedia Commons

Thoreau’s Cove, Concord, Massachusetts. ca 1908. Wikimedia Commons

“The scenery of Walden is on a humble scale, and, though very beautiful, does not approach to grandeur, nor can it much concern one who has not long frequented it or lived by its shore…” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden Continue reading


Both place and time were changed… (Walden 50)

Milky Way. Via Wikipedia

Milky Way. Via Wikipedia

Read this and remember that Thoreau is living only about a mile and a half from town:

“Both place and time were changed, and I dwelt nearer to those parts of the universe and to those eras in history which had most attracted me. Where I lived was as far off as many a region viewed nightly by astronomers. We are wont to imagine rare and delectable places in some remote and more celestial corner of the system, behind the constellation of Cassiopeia’s Chair, far from noise and disturbance. I discovered that my house actually had its site in such a withdrawn, but forever new and unprofaned, part of the universe.” Continue reading