Breath of that universal
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.
Stair to heaven
And then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing.
The important key:
When I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks
When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me
And the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage
my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary,
I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream