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First Line: Let the dull wise ones
Last Line: To splendid death -- on wings, on wings I go!
Subject(s): Daedalus

Let the dull wise ones
Stay below and stare,
Too dull to dream,
Ever too wise to dare --
I, I have watched far eagles in the air!

Let them laugh now
And gibe at dreams and wings!
Who can be happy
With accepted things --
I lift my eyes to where the Sun God swings!

Let each attain
The sleekness of his sire,
As he nods, safe,
Beside his own hearthfire --
The rim of farthest space bounds my desire!

Aye, let them be --
Content to plow and plod,
Each in the furrow
That his forebears trod --
My eyes are free of serfdom to the sod!

Let them live out their lives --
Feed, breed and die;
Children of Earth
In Earth's deep bosom lie --
The kin of birds, of winds, of gods, am I!

Sky meadows call me
From the trodden tracks;
I glimpse far stars
Above dull, bended backs --
Ah, what if dreams be dust, if wings be wax!

Once, if once only,
I shall see and know!
Faring the ether --
If it need be so,
To splendid death -- on wings, on wings I go!

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