“What is this reading, which I must learn”

asked Adam, “and what is it like?”

“It is something beyond gardening,” answered Raphael, “and at times you will find it a heavy task. But at its best it will be like listening through your eyes; and you shall hear the flowers laugh, the trees talk, and the stars sing.”

–Solomon Singlewitz—The Life of Adam

The epigraph to Henry van Dyke’s Companionable Books (1922).

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