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First Line: The earth is glad of travail and laboring
Last Line: Equal and wise and free with life and death!


The earth is glad of travail and laboring:
The flower the whole sun's kiss is spent upon,
The leaves light, as of sea depths smitten with sun
And musical with incessant murmuring, --
Bound as a girdle, the strong sea's silver ring,
Where thro' and thro' the deep, clear hair of night
Stars tread the chattering tides and swollen with light
Moon walks beneath the slow dawn's fervent wing, --
Earth, sea, -- to them the large, fresh, passionate deed
Of life is glad and wise -- how wise is faith!
Life's harvest flowers, death sows the exhaustless seed:
We probe the intention till the soul has won
Vista, -- awake at last! Yea! journeying on
Equal and wise and free with life and death!





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