„The crest and crowning of all good,
Life’s final star, is Brotherhood“

The Man with the Hoe and Other Poems (1899), Brotherhood
Contexto: The crest and crowning of all good,
Life’s final star, is Brotherhood;
For it will bring again to Earth
Her long-lost Poesy and Mirth;
Will send new light on every face,
A kingly power upon the race.
And till it come, we men are slaves,
And travel downward to the dust of graves.

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American poet 1852 - 1940

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