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Under the Maples

John Burroughs

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e blessed with the seeing eye and the hearing ear, is available for his instruction and entertainment. On every farm in the land a volume of live natural history goes to waste every year because there is no historian to note the happenings.

The drama of wild life goes on more or less behind screens—a screen of leaves or of grass, or of vines, or of tree-trunks, and only the alert and sympathetic eye penetrates it. The keenest of us see only a mere fraction of it. If one saw one tenth of the significant happenings that take place on his few acres of orchard, lawn, and vineyard in the course of the season, or even of a single week, what a harvest he would have! The drama of wild life is played rapidly; the actors are on and off the stage before we fairly know it, and the play shifts to other stages.

I wonder how many of the scores of persons passing along the road between my place and the railway station one early May day became aware that a r. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The edition I own is the Houghton Mifflin 1921, not this.

This is the first of the two posthumous collections that were put out by Burroughs's girlfriend. Some of the pieces are insufficiently polished, as a result, but there was an eager public for whatever came from his pen, so she did a public service by bringing them to publication.

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