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Poem by Madison Julius Cawein

The Torrent

Here is a tale for workmen and their masters:
There was a torrent once that down a mountain
Flashed its resistless way; a foaming fountain,
Basaltic-built, 'twixt cataract-hewn pilasters.
Down from its eagle eyrie nearer, nearer,
Its savage beauty born mid rocks and cedars,
Swept free as tempest, wild as mountain leaders,
Of stars and storms the swiftly moving mirror.
Men found it out; and set to work to tame it;
Put it to pounding rock and rafting lumber;
Made it a carrier of the filth of cities:
Harnessed its joy to engines; tried to shame it;
Saying, "Be civilized!" and piled their cumber
Upon it; bound it. God of all the Pities!

Madison Julius Cawein

Madison Julius Cawein's other poems:
  1. An Anemone
  2. Answered
  3. Unattainable
  4. Rembrandts
  5. Elfin

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Mathilde Blind The Torrent ("OH torrent, roaring in thy giant fall")

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