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First Line: A fire is such a thing as might be known
Last Line: Content with warmth and safety from the years.
Subject(s): Contentment; Fireplaces; Heat


A fire is such a thing as might be known
As some stern landmark or as mystery
Some apt inheritance, or gift from those
Who clogged the stream of all our history.

Some pert reminder this—in yellow flames
Of wolves and caves. Some few forgotten years
May fall away, and rugged winds without
Wail through new nights a course of ghostly fears.

A pioneer cabin marking in the pines
A new defiance to some empty place,
A beacon fire on some distant hill
A light upon the edge of barren space.

A fireside remakes all heritage
Recharts old instincts, roots up ancient fears
And leaves the hearth and all who sit beside
Content with warmth and safety from the years.





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