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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: I. Time
The Making of Man
John White Chadwick (1840–1904)
 
AS the insect from the rock
  Takes the color of its wing;
As the boulder from the shock
  Of the ocean’s rhythmic swing
Makes itself a perfect form,        5
  Learns a calmer front to raise;
As the shell, enamelled warm
  With the prism’s mystic rays,
Praises wind and wave that make
  All its chambers fair and strong;        10
As the mighty poets take
  Grief and pain to build their song:
Even so for every soul,
  Whatsoe’er its lot may be,—
Building, as the heavens roll,        15
  Something large and strong and free,—
Things that hurt and things that mar
  Shape the man for perfect praise;
Shock and strain and ruin are
  Friendlier than the smiling days.        20
 
 
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