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IMMORTALS, by            
First Line: The earth was never worthy
Last Line: Through the cycles of the years.
Subject(s): Immortality


The earth was never worthy
Of its ardent, flaming souls,
Whose burning zeal for an ideal
Set new and shining goals,
For nations to achieve,
Beyond the ken of pygmy men
To image or conceive—
Those god-like seers who pierced the years
And saw through mists of blood and tears
The race's upward climb. Rewards?
In life it gave them gibes and sneers.
Then, marble mausoleums
In later shamed years.
Ah, earth was never worthy
Of its martyr-souls and seers,
Who have swept it ever upward
Through the cycles of the years.





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