The Gospel of Nature
Is a short booklet by John Burroughs, an early American Naturalist. This is an excerpt from Chapter 3.
I do not know that the bird has taught me any valuable lesson. Indeed, I don not go to nature to be taught. I go for enjoyment and companionship. I go to bathe in her as in a sea; I go to give my eyes and ears senses a free, clean field and to tome up my spirits by her “primal sanities.”