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THE BRIDGE (PITTSBURGH), by            
First Line: Dull thunders troubled the great hills / and moaning lay upon the land
Last Line: Gathered and sank within my blood.
Subject(s): Lightning; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Rivers; Thunder; Lightning Rods

Dull thunders troubled the great hills
And moanings lay upon the land.
Close where the Beaver outward spills
I saw the cantilever stand.

I saw him take ten thousand tons
Of charging steel across the flood;
There where the strong Ohio runs
I saw him make his purpose good.

The poisoned fathoms of the stream
Licked at the piers and lost their prey;
I saw the lightning gild the steam
As the great engines fled away.

Beneath a heaven whose crowding power
Bellowed and struck the thickened earth,
I saw this giant hour by hour
Doing a mighty thing with mirth.

And then I thought, What power is there
To take the soul across the flood?
The drifting atoms of despair
Gathered and sank within my blood.

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