Oregon Authors: Joaquin Miller (Songs of the Sierras)

photograph of Joaquin Miller in three-piece suit
Songs of the Sierras by Joaquin Miller
Copyright © 1871

Songs of the Sierras

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A book of poetry that gained Miller acclaim after it was published in Great Britain. Miller's colorful life included stints serving as a newspaper correspondent during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897-1898 as well as the Boxer War in China in 1899. The following is an excerpt from Songs of the Sierras:

In men whom men condemn as ill
I find so much of goodness still.
In men whom men pronounce divine
I find so much of sin and blot
I do not dare to draw a line
Between the two, where God has not.