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To The Stone-Cutters

Robinson Jeffers

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alternative version
2003-04-22
Added by: Preston Mark Stone
There appear to be two versions of "To The Stone-Cutters," with the version posted to plagiarist.com being the definitive one. The other version is very close:

Stone-cutters fighting time with marble, you fore-defeated
Challengers of oblivion
Eat cynical earnings, knowing rock splits, records fall down,
The square-limbed Roman letters
Scale in the thaws, wear in the rain. The poet as well
Builds his monument mockingly:
For man will be blotted out, the blithe earth die, the brave sun
Die blind, his heart blackening:
Yet stones have stood for a thousand years, and pained thoughts found
The honey peace in old poems.

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