The book of nature is like a page
written over or printed upon
with different-sized characters and in many different languages,
interlined and cross-lined,
and with a great variety
of marginal notes and references.
There is coarse print and fine print;
there are obscure signs and hieroglyphics.
We all read the large type more or less appreciatively,
but only the students and lovers of nature
read the fine lines and footnotes.
It is a book which he reads best who goes most slowly
or even tarries long by the way…
For my part,
my delight is to linger long over each page
of this marvelous record,
and to dwell fondly upon its most obscure text.
Totally worth the wait.