SONG OF THE ROAD

I am a Road; a good road, fair and smooth and broad;
    And I link with my beautiful tether
    Town and Country together,
    Like a ribbon rolled on the earth, from the reel of God.
Oh, great the life of a Road!

I am a Road; a long road, leading on and on;
    And I cry to the world to follow,
    Past meadow and hill and hollow,
Through desolate night, to the open gates of dawn.
    Oh, bold the life of a Road!

I am a Road; a kind road, shaped by strong hands.
    I make strange cities neighbours;
    The poor grow rich with my labours,
And beauty and comfort follow me through the lands.
    Oh, glad the life of a Road!

I am a Road; a wise road, knowing all men's ways;
    And I know how each heart reaches
    For the things dear Nature teaches;
And I am the path that leads into green young Mays.
    Oh, sweet the life of a Road!

I am a Road; and I speed away from the slums,
    Away from desolate places,
    Away from unused spaces;
Wherever I go, there order from chaos comes.
    Oh, brave the life of a Road!

I am a Road; and I would make the whole world one.
    I would give hope to duty,
    And cover the earth with beauty.
Do you not see, O men! how all this might be done?
    So vast the power of the Road!

Poems of Problems. By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
London : Gay and Hancock, 1914.


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