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Not the Pilot


NOT the pilot has charged himself to bring his ship  
 into port, though beaten back, and many times  
Not the path-finder, penetrating inland, weary and  
By deserts parch'd, snows-chill'd, rivers wet, perse- 
 veres till he reaches his destination,
More than I have charged myself, heeded or un- 
 heeded, to compose a free march for These  
To be exhilarating music to them, years, centuries  
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