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BY THE CONEMAUGH, by            
First Line: Foreboding sudden of untoward change
Last Line: "but I cannot hide them away from him!"
Subject(s): Conemaugh (River), Pennsylvania; United States - History


FOREBODING sudden of untoward change,
A tight'ning clasp on everything held dear,
A moan of waters wild and strange,
A whelming horror near;
And, 'midst the thund'rous din a voice of doom, --
"Make way for me, O Life, for Death make room!

"I come like the whirlwind rude,
'Gainst all thou hast cherished warring;
I come like the flaming flood
From a crater's mouth outpouring;
I come like the avalanche gliding free --
And the Power that sent thee forth, sends me!

"Where thou hast builded with strength secure,
My hand shall spread disaster;
Wheret hou hast barr'd me, with forethought sure,
Shall ruin flow the faster;
I come to gather where thou hast sowed, --
But I claim of thee nothing thou hast not owed!

"On my mission of mercy forth I go
Where the Lord of Being sends me;
His will is the only will I know,
And my strength is the strength He lends me;
Thy loved ones I hide 'neath my waters dim,
But I cannot hide them away from Him!"





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