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  1. The Racer by John Masefield

  1. The Racer

    by John Masefield

    I saw the racer coming to the jump,
    Staring with fiery eyeballs as he rusht,
    I heard the blood within his body thump,
    I saw him launch, I heard the toppings crusht.

    And as he landed I beheld his soul
    Kindle, because, in front, he saw the Straight
    With all its thousands roaring at the goal,
    He laughed, he took the moment for his mate.

    Would that the passionate moods on which we ride
    Might kindle thus to oneness with the will;
    Would we might see the end to which we stride,
    And feel, not strain, in struggle, only thrill.

    And laugh like him and know in all our nerves
    Beauty, the spirit, scattering dust and turves.

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