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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Evolution: II by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

I am the child of earth and air and sea!
My lullaby by hoarse Silurian storms
Was chanted; and through endless changing forms
Of plant and bird and beast unceasingly
The toiling ages wrought to fashion me.
Lo, these large ancestors have left a breath
Of their strong souls in mine, defying death
And change. I grow and blossom as the tree,
And ever feel the deep-delving earthy roots
Binding me daily to the common clay.
But with its airy impulse upward shoots
My life into the realms of light and day;
And thou, O Sea, stern mother of my soul,
Thy tempests sing in me, thy billows roll!

From: Boyesen, Hjalmar Hjorth, “Evolution” in Popular Science Monthly, Volume 23, June 1883, p. 238.
(https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Popular_Science_Monthly/Volume_23/June_1883/Evolution)

Date: 1883

By: Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen (1848-1895)