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YOUTH. A SONNET SEQUENCE: ANCESTRY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: This singing blood that pulses in each vein
Last Line: I start anew upon their ancient quest.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.


THIS singing blood that pulses in each vein,
Warm with the life it treasures to the last,
Holds in its fleeting motion the proud strain
Of unnamed heroes lost in the dark past;
A thousand cohorts girded up with steel—
Armies of beauty, clear as pointed flame—
These ground their sharpest sorrows under heel,
And stood them firm, in honour of a name.
So for the name of these, the valiant heart
Beats on in darkness or in shrinking fire;
Strong with the past, it owns itself a part
Of a lost race that could not fail nor tire.
So in the strength of these, and their unrest,
I start anew upon their ancient quest.





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