In Mammouth Cave, 1894

John Burrows (1837–1921)

Above: Photos from the National Park Service ; the  entrance to Mammouth Cave by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864–1952)

“The voice goes forth in these colossan chambers like a bird.  When no word is spoken, the silence is of a kind never experienced on the surface of the earth, it is so profound and abysmal.  This, and the absolute darkness, to a person with eyes, makes him feel as if he were face to face with the primordial nothingness.”


“In Mammouth Cave” is from Burrough’s book of nature essays Riverby, published in 1894.  I read this essay for volume 30 of the Nonfiction Collection.


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Also Agnes Bensly’s account of climbing Mt. Sinai, in Our Journey to Sinai