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FRAY SERRA, by            
First Line: Heavy with years and far, he heard the call
Last Line: But he rests in his mission of carmel.
Subject(s): Serra, Junipero (1713-1784)


Heavy with years and far, he heard the call
Of dusky need and from his cloister came,
Shod with fresh youth and in his heart a flame
That leaped across the infinite sea wall
To light new altars with old fire. All
The sweet ways he has hallowed wear his name
Like a white rose, and on his memory Fame
Lovingly casts her great resplendent pall.

Adobe cenotaphs to Monterey
Are stations of his pilgrimage that tell
How holy feet trudged on the king's highway.
The flowers still seek his trail, and ocean's swell
Runs up the beach to cool his step with spray...
But he rests in his mission of Carmel.





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