A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

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James R. Osgood, 1873 - 415 pages

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User Review  - overthemoon - LibraryThing

An abridged version of the original, cutting out the flights of fancy and boring bits. I really like the introduction which explains in detail the fonts used (Thorowgood for display, perhaps a play on ... Read full review

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This is a somewhat editied version of Thoreau's first notable book-length work, nominally celebrating a boat-trip he made with his beloved brother John, but of-course --Thoreau being what he was ... Read full review

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Page 261 - tis, and scrupulous care. To place my gains beyond the reach of tides. Each smoother pebble, and each shell more rare. Which ocean kindly to my hand confides. I have but few companions on the shore, They scorn the strand who sail upon the sea, Yet oft I think the ocean they've sailed o'er Is deeper known upon the strand to me. The middle sea contains no crimson dulse. Its deeper waves cast up no pearls to view, Along the shore my hand is on its pulse, And I converse with many a shipwrecked crew.
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