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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp. A Collection of Verse by California Poets. 1914.

By James Henry MacLafferty

Growth of the Soul

CLIMB from the depths of the valley’s chill,

Out of the shadows that lurk below,

Nurse at the breast of the throbbing hill,

Grow in thy day as the tall trees grow.

This, Soul of Mine, be thy constant cry;

This, O my Soul, is to never die.

Whence camest thou?—Give it little thought!

Whither?—Ah, let this concern thee more!

Into this state thou art blindly brought;

Out of it see but an open door.

Once past the portal, perhaps ’t will be

Growth of today will have made thee free.