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Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919). Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail. 1896.


  • “OH, our manhood’s prime vigor! No spirit feels waste,
  • Not a muscle is stopped in its playing nor sinew unbraced.
  • Oh, the wild joys of living! the leaping from rock up to rock,
  • The strong rending of boughs from the fir-tree, the cool silver shock
  • Of the plunge in a pool’s living water, the hunt of the bear,…
  • And the sleep in the dried river-channel where bulrushes tell
  • That the water was wont to go warbling so softly and well.
  • How good is man’s life, the mere living.”