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First Line: Among the mountains I wandered and saw blue haze and red crag and was amazed
Last Line: Humble ruins of nations.
Variant Title(s): The Poor
Subject(s): Justice


Among the mountains I wandered and saw blue haze and red crag
and was amazed;
On the beach where the long push under the endless tide maneuvers,
I stood silent;
Under the stars on the prairie watching the Dipper slant over the
horizon's grass, I was full of thoughts.
Great men, pageants of war and labor, soldiers and workers,
mothers lifting their children-these all I touched, and felt
the solemn thrill of them.
And then one day I got a true look at the Poor, millions of the Poor,
patient and toiling; more patient than crags, tides, and stars;
innumerable, patient as the darkness of night-and all broken,
humble ruins of nations.




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