The Iron Muse John Curtis Underwood

ISBN: 9781110859849



The Iron Muse  by  John Curtis Underwood

The Iron Muse by John Curtis Underwood
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General Books publication date: 2009Original publication date: 1910Original Publisher: G. P. Putnams sons Subjects: American poetry Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text.When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free.Excerpt: THE AIR-SHIPS THEY are coming, earth crowds closer. Man that crept, that slept, shall soar- For the teeming millions pressure thrusts us upward more and more.

From the spirits lowest sources life in spate is rising high- Floods the cities, reaps the desert, seeks the conquest of the sky. They are coming, war and havoc hover low and weight their wings- Death, destruction, rapine, pillage, till we rise to higher things. Flames of cities lit like torches still shall serve to show the way, We the race have won toward heaven since the first primordial day.

Senseless atom, sponge, medusa, polyp, fish and snake and ape- Still existence winds its spiral, breasts the trail to higher shape. Still the zigzags reach and widen, still the outlook gains and grows. Birds, our scouts and heralds, lead us till mans soul its mission knows. The Air-Ships 9 Ages long of evolution, centuries of history, Lead us conquerors and captives to the day that sets us free- Till lifes pilgrims, eyes uplifting, see the dawn begin to wake Near the holy mountains summit- till the slaves their shackles break.

Unessential weight refining, casting off- the vital speed Of the motors pulse increasing, throbbing harder- we shall need Stronger hearts and surer vision. Some shall fall. But man shall reign, Halt and struggle, rise and triumph, heavens outworks here attain.

They are coming- unknown forces shall avail to lift them higher- Teach our hands to steer, nor tremble, through the lightnings shafts of fire- Ride the storm, and thread the wh...

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