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the surface. Truly, we are deep thinkers, we are ambitious spirits! As I stand over the insect crawling amid the pine needles on the forest floor, and endeavoring to conceal itself from my sight, and ask myself why it will cherish those humble thoughts, and hide its head from me who might, perhaps, be its benefactor, and impart to its race some cheering information. I am reminded of the greater Benefactor and Intelligence that stands over me the human insect.

There is an incessant influx of novelty into the world, and yet we tolerate incredible dulness. I need only suggest what kind of sermons are still listened to in the most enlightened countries. There are such words as joy and sorrow, but they are only the burden of a psalm, sung with a nasal twang, while we believe in the ordinary and mean. We think that we can change our clothes only. It is said that the British Empire is very large and respectable, and that the United States are a first-rate power. We do not believe that a tide rises and falls behind every man which can float the British Empire like a chip, if he should ever harbor it in his mind. Who knows what sort of seventeen-year locust will next come out of

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the ground? The government of the world I live in was not framed, like that of Britain, in after-dinner conversations over the wine.

The life in us is like the water in the river. It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it, and flood the parched uplands; even this may be the eventful year, which will drown out all our muskrats. It was not always dry land where we dwell. I see far inland the banks which the streain anciently washed, before science began to record its freshets. Every one has heard the story which has gone the rounds of New England, of a strong and beautiful bug which came out of the dry leaf of an old table of apple-tree wood, which had stood in a farmer's kitchen for sixty years, first in Connecticut, and afterward in Massachusetts, — from an egg deposited in the living tree many years earlier still, as appeared by counting the annual layers beyond it; which was heard gnawing out for several weeks, hatched perchance by the heat of an urn. Who does not feel his faith in a resurrection and immortality strengthened by hearing of this? Who knows what beautiful and winged life, whose egg has been buried for

ages under many concentric layers of wood. enness in the dead dry life of society, deposited at first in the alburnum of the green and living tree, which has been gradually converted into the semblance of its well-seasoned tomb, — heard perchance gnawing out now for years by the astonished family of man, as they sat round the festive board, may unexpectedly come forth from amidst society's most trivial and handselled furniture, to enjoy its perfect summer life at last!

I do not say that John or Jonathan will realize all this; but such is the character of that morrow which mere lapse of time can never make to dawn. The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning-star.

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INDEX

on, 373.

Acron (Mass.), 192.

“Best” room, the pine wood be
Æs alienum, another's brass, a hind house, 221.

very ancient slough, 13. Bibles of mankind, 167, 168.
Æsculapius, that old herb-doc- Birds, living with the, 135.
tor, 217.

Body a temple, man's, 345.
Age and youth, 16.

Bogs with hard bottom, 509.
Alms House Farm, 397.

Books, how to read, 159; the in-
America, the only true, 321. heritance of nations, 162.
“Amok " against T., society run- Box, living in a, 48.
ning, 268

Brahmins, their forms of con-
Amusements, games and, despair scious penance, 9; Walden ice
concealed under, 15.

makes T. one with the, 459.
Animal food, objections to, 334. Bread without yeast, 98-101.
Animal labor, man better without Breed's hut, 400,
the help of, 91.

Bricks, mortar growing harder
Animal life and heat nearly syn-
onymous, 23.

Brighton - or Brighttown, 209.
Ants, battle of the, 355-361. Brister's Hill, 354 ; 397; 399;
Apple 3, the world eating green, 405; 412.
123.

Brister's Spring, 406, 408.
Architecture, need of relation be- BRUTE NBIGHBOBS, 317-368.

tween main, truth, and, 75, 76. Bug from an egg in table of apple
Asiatic Russia, Mme. Pfeiffer in, wood, the, 513.
38.

Building one's own house, sig-
Atlas, 132.

nificance of, 74
A tropos, as name for engine, 185. Business habits indispensable,
Auction of a deacon's effects, strict, 33.

107; or increasing, 108. Busk, Indian feast of first fruits,
Average, the law of, in nature 108.
and ethics, 448.

Calidas', Sacontala quoted, 491.
BAKER FARM, 314-326.

Cambridge, college room rent
Baker's, baru, 401; Farm, 430. compared with Ť.'s, 80; crowd-
Binds of music in distance, 250. ed hives of, 212
3ırtram, William, quoted, 108. Canadian wood - chopper, 224-
b. skets, strolling Indian selling, 234.
32.

Canoe, water-logged in Walden
BEAN-FIELD, THE, 241-259.

Pond, 299
B:dford (Miss.), 192.

Cards left by visitors, 203.
Behavior, repentance for good, Carew, Thomas, quoted, 127.
19.

Caryatides, gossips leanin
Bells of Lincoln, Acton, Bedford, against barn like, 263.
Concord, the, 192.

Cat, the Collins's, 71; in the

woods, domestic and “winged," of, 192 ; two-colored waters of,
301-363.

275; Waluen bequeathed to,
Cato Major, quoted, 101 ; 132, 303; figlt of ants, 358; D. In-
133; 258; 376.

graham, Esq., of, 397 ; " to the
Caves, birds do not sing in, 47. rescue,

" 401 ; 408; 431.
Celebrating, meu, a committee of Concord River, 304; 308, 309.

arrangements, always, 508. Confucius, quoted, 20; 211.
Celestial Empire, conditions of Coöperation, difficulties of, 114.

successful trade with, 33. Cost, the amount of life ex-
Cellar, a burrow to which house changed for a thing, 5] ; of
is but a porch, 72.

house, items of, 79; of food for
Cellini, Benvenuto, quoted, 316. eight months, 94; total, of liv.
Chairs for society, three, 218. ing, 96; bean-field, 253.
Change of air, 493.

Cowper, William, quoted, 130.
Channing, W. E., quoted, 317. Cummings, slave of Squire, 399.
Chapman, George, quoted, 55.
Chastity, the flowering of man, Damodara, quoted, 138.
342.

Darwin, Charles R., quoted, 22.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, quoted, 331. Davenant, Sir Wm., Gondibert
Chickadees, coming of the, 426. quoted, 402.
Chief end of man, 15.

Day, deliberately, like nature,
Christianity, adopted as an im spending one, 153.

proved method of agri-culture, Debt, getting in and out of, 13.
61.

Desperation, mass of men lead
Circulating library, 165.

lives of quiet, 15.
Civilization not all a success, 51. Dialogue between Hermit and
Classics, a study of the, 158-160 ; Poet, 347-350.

must be read in the original, Digby, Sir Kenelm, quoted, 253.
163.

Discontented, speaking mainly to
Clothing, a necessary of life, 22;

not always procured for true Divinity in man! Look at the

utility, 36 ; new and old, 39. teamster, 14.
Cock-crowing, the charms of, Dog in the woods, a village Bose,
199-201.

361.
Codınan place, the, 401.

Doing-good, a crowded profes
Cold Friday, dating from, 394. sion, 116.
Collins, James, Irishman whose Drummond of Hawthornden,
shanty T. bought, 69.

William, quoted, 308.
Commerce, in praise of, 186-192. Ducks on Walden Pond, 368.
Commonsense, the sense of men Dug-out houses of American col-
asleep, 501.

onists, 63, 64.
Compost, better part of man soon Dwelling-house, what not to
ploughed into soil for, 11.

make it, 47.
CONCLUSION, 493-514.
Concord (Mass.), Walden Pond ECONOMY, 7–127.

in, 7; traveled a good deal in, Education, tuition bills pay for
9; the farmers of, 53 ; house the least valuable part of, 81.
surpassing the luxury of, 79 ; Egotism in writers, 8.
little fresh meal and corn sold Eloquence a transient thing, 160.
in, 101 ; Battle Ground, 136 ; Elysian life, summer makes pos-
effect of a fire bell on people Bible, 24.
living near, 147; culture, 167 ; England, last news from, 149.
wiser men than produced by Epidermis, our outside clothes,
soil of, 169; hired man of, 170; 40.
liberal education in, 171 ; “ its Epitome of the year, the day, 464.
soothing sound is -, * 180 ; Etesian winds, news simmers
sigu of a trader in, 189; bells through men like, 262.

the, 28.

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