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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Massachusetts Poets.  1922.
 
The Flight
 
George Edward Woodberry (1855–1930)
 
 
I

O WILD heart, track the land’s perfume,
  Beach-roses and moor-heather!
All fragrances of herb and bloom
  Fail, out at sea, together.
O follow where aloft find room        5
  Lark-song and eagle-feather!
All ecstasies of throat and plume
  Melt, high on yon blue weather.
 
O leave on sky and ocean lost
  The flight creation dareth;        10
Take wings of love, that mounts the most:
  Find fame, that furthest fareth!
Thy flight, albeit amid her host
  Thee, too, night star-like beareth,
Flying, thy breast on heaven’s coast,        15
  The infinite outweareth.
 
II

“Dead o’er us roll celestial fires;
  Mute stand Earth’s ancient beaches;
Old thoughts, old instincts, old desires,
  The passing hour outreaches;        20
The soul creative never tires—
  Evokes, adores, beseeches;
And that heart most the god inspires
  Whom most its wildness teaches.
 
“For I will course through falling years        25
  And stars and cities burning;
And I will march through dying cheers
  Past empires unreturning;
Ever the world flame reappears
  Where mankind power is earning,        30
The nations’ hopes, the people’s tears,
  One with the wild heart yearning.
 

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