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looking for Author to "Bridgebuilder"
Posted by: Jill (
Date: October 23, 2000 10:17AM

I'm looking for the author and text of the poem "The Bridgebuilder"
It starts: An old man going a lone highway
came in the eveining cold and gray
To a chasm vast and deep and wide... Thanks

RE: looking for Author to "Bridgebuilder&quot
Posted by: Chesil (
Date: October 24, 2000 06:41PM

The Bridge Builder

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide --
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pit-fall be,
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."

Will Allen Dromgoole

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