Travail

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Travail


The crimson rides the universal wind,
​The raven spreads his pinions, follows after,
​The eagles, leaden-winged, are left behind:
​The old foundations shake from sill to rafter
Deal to the doubters' jeers, the weaklings' means.
​The toilers, tired of yielding and false giving
​Bend to the mighty task, with solacing groans,
​Of making the earth fit for human living.
​My ear is tuned unto new voices shrieking
​Their jarring notes of life-exalting strife:
My soul soars singing, with flame forces seeking
The grandest purpose, noblest path of life:
Where scarlet pennants blaze like tongues of fire,
​There—where high passion swells—is my heart's desire.




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The author died in 1948, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.