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First Line: Fire is older than earth
Last Line: But look not for it in grave or urn.


FIRE is older than Earth,
Swaddled her at her birth,
Shall be her windy shroud.
Fear whispers, Earth with fire endowed
Is all of Life: but the Soul's Desire
Is something other than earth and fire,
And cannot mold or burn.
Of this is Honor made, and Truth,
And Love that shall out-light the star.
Go find when these began their youth,
Then guess their age's farthest bar;
But look not for it in grave or urn.





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