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SONG FOR THE HILLS. Here is the freedom men die for, ?die for but
never know; Here is the peace they pray for shrined in eternal
snow; Down on the plain the city moans with a human cry, But here
there is naught but silence, ?peace, and the wide, wide sky. Here
are the dawn's first footfalls, and the twilight's last farewell,
The benediction of starlight, and the moon's sweet canticle; Here
is one spot as God made it, far from the plainsman's range, Or the
march of the cycling seasons with their everlasting change. Down on
the plain the city moans with a human cry, And the man-gnomes delve
and burrow for gold till they drop and die; But here there is
naught for conquest and the spoiler stands at bay, For God still
keeps one playground where He and His whirlwinds play. ROMANY. The
city frets in the distance, lass, The city so grim and gray, A
glare in the sky by night, my lass, And a blot on the sky by day;
But we are out on the long white road, And under the wide free sky,
And the song that was born in my heart today Will sing there till I
die. The long white road and the wide free sky, And the city far
away; A good-night kiss in the twilight, lass, And a kiss at the
break of day; For light are the loads we bear, my lass, By highway
and hill and grove, And the sunlight is all for life, my lass, And
the starlight all for love. IDOLS. Mouths have they, but they speak
not: Yet something in the certainty of faith To their disciples
saith: Believe on me and vengeance I will wreak not. The word that
conquers death? The immutable and boundless gift of grace? Dwells
in that stony face, And every supplication answereth. Mouths have
they, but they speak not; Yet one supernal will that sh.
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