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THE RIDGE, by            
First Line: Walking by night along a ridge of rock
Last Line: And the girls singing, and time forgetting the place.

Walking by night along a ridge of rock --
Three thousand feet of fall down to the sea
One side; on the other, the passion, the mystery
Of a forest never lit by the great Clock;
Voice after voice departed; under the trees
Laughter, in gusts, rose and fell; I knew
My friends had gone to the forest, and I, too,
Desired to go that way, to find some peace.
But a power -- what is it? keeps me perilously
Preferring the ridge with its invisible edge;
I hear the voice of the sea come cold from space,
The eternal dead, and my too hasty pledge ...
And I hear the gusts of laughter, warm and free,
And the girls singing, and Time forgetting the place.

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