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Wheels of Change

Walter N. Sinkinson, with permitted changes

They felled stark forests, navvied plains,
Bored mountains, bridged lake, ford, gill, gap;
Part-paid in lives our debt to trains;
They learned hard lesson through mishap.

The wild winds tore their building down
Gunpowder thundered, breached and slew;
But courage helped them reach the town;
From blood and sweat the Railroad grew.

'Gainst blood and sweat and urge supreme
Measure a People’s wealth and might.
Ambition gave substance to their dream:
The Wheels of Change to expidite.