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First Line: Persist after permanence
Last Line: Irradiating sounds of strange belief.

Persist after permanence --
What value endures?
Men have built of stone and steel, and they have gone;
Men have built of abstract thought to the outer edge of space
An infinite absolute ending place,
And it has gone.
It is more intimate, I think,
The everlasting spirit of the pines;
The tree that lives forever in the mind,
The scent, the shade, the symmetry that shines;
The place to go when every thought is blind.
Face down on the fragrant earth,
New sight, new birth.
And though perpetual restoration leads to final death,
Death is not a darkness there; a lovely shining breath,
No more enduring than the wind that sings through each long leaf,
Irradiating sounds of strange belief.

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