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Quotation by Louis Simpson
The treasures of Cathay were never found.
In this America, this wilderness
Where the axe echoes with a lonely sound,
The generations labor to possess
And grave by grave we civilize the ground.
Louis Simpson (b. 1923), U.S. poet. To the Western World (l. 11–15). . .
New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
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