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ng as vigorous discontent Goads us from torpid ease, or worse, I thank the power that sent Struggle, the savior of the universe. As long as things are torn and hurled In this implacable unrest, I shall embrace the world With joyful fierceness and undying zest. I shall grow strong with every hurt; The scorn, the anger will achieve Only a glad, alert Desire to question boldly ? and believe. My eager faith shall keep me set Against despair or careless hate, Knowing this smoke and sweat Is forging something violent ? and great! DOWN-HILL ON A BICYCLE THE rolling earth stops As I climb to the summit. Then like a plummet It suddenly drops. . . Down, down I go? Past rippling acres; Hillsides like breakers Over me flow. Wildly alive I hail the green shimmer, Fresh as a swimmer After the dive. Like banners unfurled The skies dip and flourish? The keen breezes nourish, While the bright world DOWN-HILL ON A BICYCLE Is a ribbon unrolled With a border of grasses; And tansies are masses And splotches of gold. Still I whirl on? Startled, a sparrow Darts from the yarrow, Flash ? and is gone. .. Faster the gleams Die as they dazzle? And roadsides of basil Turn to pink streams. Sharp as a knife Is each perfume and color. To feel nothing duller? God, that were Life! MIDNIGHT-BY THE OPEN WINDOW HOW rapt the sleeping stillness of the night? Incomparably close and vast. . .One might Hear the tense silence in the little street Reaching to heaven, where it swells and breaks Into moon-music and star-song that makes My senses bend and sway, as waving wheat Trembles before the wind's majestic feet; Trembles with happy fear and numb delight. How sharp the silence. . .like ... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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