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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
IV. Playthings of the Wind
12. Prayers After World War
  
WANDERING oversea dreamer,
Hunting and hoarse, Oh daughter and mother,
Oh daughter of ashes and mother of blood,
Child of the hair let down, and tears,
Child of the cross in the south        5
And the star in the north,
Keeper of Egypt and Russia and France,
Keeper of England and Poland and Spain,
Make us a song for to-morrow.
Make us one new dream, us who forget,        10
Out of the storm let us have one star.
  
  Struggle, Oh anvils, and help her.
Weave with your wool. Oh winds and skies.
Let your iron and copper help,
    Oh dirt of the old dark earth.        15
  
Wandering oversea singer,
Singing of ashes and blood,
Child of the scars of fire,
  Make us one new dream, us who forget.
  Out of the storm let us have one star.        20

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