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The Bridge Builder

An old man going a lone highway

Came at the evening cold and gray

To a chasm vast and deep and wide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim.

The sullen stream had no fears for him;

But he turned when safe on the other side

And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a pilgrim near,

“you are wasting your strength building here;

Your journey will end at the ending day,

You never again will pass this way;

You’ve crossed the chasm deep and wide,

Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head—

“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,

“There followeth after me today

A youth whose feet must pass this way,

This chasm that has been as naught to me

To that fair-headed youth may a pitfall be,

He too, must cross in the twilight dim,

Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.”

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