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TO A REDWOOD TREE, by            
First Line: From out the stronghold of the earth to rise
Last Line: Nor man regard thy majesty the less.
Subject(s): Sequoia Trees; Redwoods


From out the stronghold of the earth to rise
In vigor and directness of thy shaft,
The winds and storms of centuries outlaughed,
To hindrances vouchsafing no replies;
Diminishing intently toward the skies,
Surpassing all of human strength or craft;
Inbreathing of the higher winds that waft,
O marvel of the earth, thou great surprise!

How proud the earth to claim thee for a son!
How proud art thou earth's vigor to express!
In the long past thou vast ascent begun,
Patient and strong and void of weariness;
While time shall last, thou shalt not be outdone,
Nor man regard thy majesty the less.





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