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FIRE, by            
First Line: Here, where the wavering hearth-fire pants and glows
Last Line: In one gray smoky ruin come roaring down!
Subject(s): Fire


Here, where the wavering hearth-fire pants and glows,
What ancient god survives from nameless days
When man, flint-armored, trod disastrous ways,
Defying sabre-fanged and lamp-eyed foes
With fluttering torch; or crouched at daylight's close
Deep in some coaly cavern from whose rocks
With hissing brands he drove the wolves in flocks,
Guarding his blazing logs without repose.

Long, long those flames are ashes! Now the earth
Is filled, by bloodshot genii of the fires,
With iron mill and charcoal-blackened town.
New flames, turned foe, shall smack their lips in mirth
When skies burn red and all man's flags and spires
In one gray smoky ruin come roaring down!





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