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MAKING THE WOOD, by            
First Line: The blade of grass lifts clod beyond its weight
Last Line: To make the fibered wood which builders use.
Subject(s): Forests; Grass; Mankind; Nature; Woods; Human Race


The blade of grass lifts clod beyond its weight,
The tree strives heavily with wind and rain;
Each first-drawn breath comes to its birth with pain;
This is the law that rules in every state,
Which nature and the beast do not debate:
But man resists and spends his years in vain
Unfruitful search for days that bear no chain.
Yet never finds their footprints till too late.
One marvels that all nature, and the brute
That has no wisdom, still does not refuse
The strife. They meet it daily and are mute,
While man his pains of growth evade, abuse --
Yet, so lifts up the blade, and sinks the root
To make the fibered wood which builders use.





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