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WOOD FIRES, by            
First Line: Within the fireplace the flames leap high
Last Line: A spirit of content and reverent praise.
Subject(s): Fireplaces


Within the fireplace the flames leap high;
Sparks crackle in a meteoric flight,
Then dwindle to a pale and mellow light --
Soft radiance even where the shadows lie;
For every lovely thing the tree has known, --
Stanch hickory, or gnarly apple bough,
Treasured through years, is liberated now:
Bright sunsets, clover ready to be mown;
The flash of lightning, glow of stars serene;
The opalescent hues of morning skies,
Leaves gaily colored when the summer dies,
The tinge of purple in far mountains seen;
The strength and courage bred in hours of storm, --
Peace, stored through long and warmly sunlit days;
A spirit of content and reverent praise.





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