The Holy Earth

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C. Scribner's sons, 1915 - Country life - 171 pages
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"As a city is much more than a collection of houses, so is a forest much more than a collection of trees." p. 152

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Page 43 - Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you ; that ye may be sons of your Father which is in heaven : for he maketh his sun to rise on the. evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.
Page 88 - I should premise that I use the term Struggle for Existence in a large and metaphorical sense, including dependence of one being on another, and including (which is more important) not only the life of the individual, but success in leaving progeny.
Page 93 - ... Good bread and good drink, a good fire in the hall, Brawn pudding and souse, and good mustard withal. Beef, mutton, and pork, shred pies of the best, Pig, veal, goose, and capon, and turkey well dressed ; Cheese, apples, and nuts, jolly carols to hear, As then in the country is counted good cheer. What cost to good husband is any of this, Good household provision only it is ; Of other the like I do leave out a many, That costeth the husbandman never a penny.
Page 11 - To live in right relation with his natural conditions is one of the first lessons that a wise farmer or any other wise man learns.
Page 85 - The land teems with beasts of the chase, infinite in number and incredible in variety. It holds the fiercest beasts of ravin, and the fleetest and most timid of those beings that live in undying fear of talon and fang. It holds the largest and the smallest of hoofed animals. It holds the mightiest creatures that tread the earth or swim in its rivers; it also holds distant kinsfolk of these same creatures, no bigger than woodchucks, which dwell in crannies of the rocks, and in the tree tops. There...
Page 18 - We excavate the best of the coal and cast away the remainder; blast the minerals and metals from underneath the crust, and leave the earth raw and sore; we box the pines for turpentine and abandon the growths of limitless years to fire and devastation; sweep the forests with the besom of destruction; pull the fish from the rivers and ponds without making any adequate provision for renewal; exterminate whole races of animals; choke the streams with refuse and dross; rob the land of its available stores,...
Page 15 - The sacredness to us of the earth is intrinsic and inherent. It lies in our necessary relationship and in the duty imposed upon us to have dominion, and to exercise ourselves even against our own interests.
Page 14 - If God created the earth, so is the earth hallowed; and if it is hallowed, so must we deal with it devotedly and with care that we do not despoil it, and mindful of our relations to all beings that live on it.
Page 23 - ... here lies a difficulty and here is a reason for writing this book: the population of the earth is increasing, the relative population of farmers is decreasing, people are herding in cities, we have a city mind, and relatively fewer people are brought into touch with the earth in any real way. So it is incumbent on us to take special pains — now that we see the new time — that all the people, or as many of them as possible, shall have contact with the earth and that the earth righteousness...
Page 15 - Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing : for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the glowing sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water: in the habitation of jackals, where they lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

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