to Henry Beston's literary classic and the
spirit of life on the Great Outer Beach of Cape Cod
Passages from "The Outermost House"
Gull gathering on Coast Guard Beach. (Photo by Don Wilding)
Into every empty corner, into all forgotten things and nooks, Nature struggles to pour life, pouring life into the dead, life into life itself. That immense, overwhelming, relentless, burning ardency of Nature for the stir of life! And all these her creatures, even as these thwarted lives, what travail, what hunger and cold, what bruising and slow-killing struggle will they not endure to accomplish the earth's purpose? and what conscious resolution of men can equal their impersonal, their congregate will to yield self life to the will of life universal?