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LIFE, by            
First Line: This, then, is life ... Of such our dreams are made
Last Line: Our dreams are vain, no doubt, but exquisite.

This, then, is life . . . of such our dreams are made,
Eternal reaching out toward some strange land,
To seize the fragile joys with eager hand --
The brief, elusive joys that had betrayed
Our questing mind. Through dawnings unafraid,
We seek the power that makes a grain of sand,
Or whirls a star in space at its command,
And find no answer, but are undismayed.

We follow silhouettes: a shadow blur
Upon a cloud; the quiet stabbed by thunder;
A rainbow bridging space and lovelier
Than any man-made citadel of wonder.
And while we travel onward, bit by bit,
Our dreams are vain, no doubt, but exquisite.

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