The words I speak, my written line,
These are not uniquely mine;
For in my heart and in my will,
Old ancestors are warring still.
Celt, Roman, Saxon, and all the dead,
From whose rich blood my veins are fed;
In aspect, gesture, voices, tone,
Flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone.
In fields they tilled I plow the sod,
I walk the mountain paths they trod;
And round my daily steps arise,
The good and bad of those I comprise.
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