The Bridge Builder Poem

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm vast, and deep, and wide.
The sullen stream had no fear 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 your strength with building here, 
You never again will pass this way,
You've crossed the chasm deep and wide,
Why build you this bridge at evening tide?"

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

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