Edwin Markham quotes

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There is a destiny that makes us brothers;
None goes his way alone:
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The grip that swung the ax in Illinois
Was on the pen that set a people free.
Sprung from the West,
He drank the valorous youth of a new world.
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he went down
As when a lordly cedar, green with boughs,
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How will it be with kingdoms and with kings--
With those who shaped him to the thing he is--
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Slave of the wheel of labor, what to him
Are Plato and the swing of Pleiades?
Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, The emptiness of ages in his face, And on his back ...
Who loosened and let down this brutal jaw?
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