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The Bridge Builder
An old man going a lone highway,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
That sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned, when he reached the other side,
“Old man”, said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting strength in building here.
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide.
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”
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 naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."
Will Allen Dromgoole