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 shockOf the plunge in a pool’s living water, the hunt of the bear,…And the sleep in the dried river-channel where bulrushes tellThat the water was wont to go warbling so softly and well.How good is man’s life, the mere living.”