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SAN FRANCISCO: 1 (APRIL, 1906), by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Who more shall trust thee, nature; who so dare
Last Line: Thine own, yet ours — mother, what hast thou done?
Subject(s): Disasters; Nature; San Francisco Earthquake & Fire (1906)

WHO more shall trust thee, Nature; who so dare
Of all remembering what she was to thee,
To us, — the bodied brightness of the air,
Blithe San Francisco, of the sun and sea?
Mate of the sun, the sea-wind, free as fair,
Dear to the day, the darling of the night,
Running with laughter, and with golden hair
Blown back — but yesterday her heart so light!
To-day, the sea is sobbing her sweet name;
The morning sorrows, and the stars of rest,
For her with that mad craft of shock and flame
Flung, in her sleep, from thy forgetting breast.
Our San Francisco, child of the sea and sun,
Thine own, yet ours — Mother, what hast thou done?

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