Our Doom To Bloom

"Shine, perishing republic"

robinson jeffers

Cumaean Sibyl, charming Ogress,

What are the simple facts of Progress

That I may trade on with reliance

In consultation with my clients?

The Sibyl said, "Go back to Rome 5

And tell your clientele at home

That if it's not a mere illusion

All there is to it is diffusion—

Of coats, oats, votes, to all mankind.

In the Surviving Book we find 10

That liberal, or conservative,

The state's one function is to give.

The bud must bloom till blowsy blown

Its petals loosen and are strown;

And that's a fate it can't evade 15

Unless 'twould rather wilt than fade."

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