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THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES
1201 SIXTEENTH STREET NORTHWEST

WASHINGTON, D. C.

1923

The Torch

By ELISABETH R. FINLEY

TH

HE God of the Great Endeavour gave me a torch to bear.
I lifted it high above me in the dark and murky air
And straightway with loud hosannas the crowd acclaimed its light
And followed me as I carried my torch throthe starless night;
Till mad with the people's praises and drunken with vanity
I forgot 'twas the torch that drew them and fancied they followed me.

But slowly my arm grew weary upholding the shining locd
And

my

tired feet went stumbling over the hilly road
And I fell with the torch beneath me. In a moment the flame was out!
Then lo, from the throng a stripling sprang forth with a mighty shout,
Caught up the torch as it smouldered and lifted it high again
Till fanned by the winds of heaven it fired the souls of men!
And as I lay in darkness, the feet of the trampling crowd
Passed over and far beyond me, its peans proclaimed aloud,
While I learned, in the deepening shadows, this glorious verity:
'Tis the torch that the people follow whoever the bearer be!

[From the New England Magazine, Volume 34, March-August, 1906, page 347.)

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Published monthly, except July and August, by the
NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES

1201 SIXTEENTH STREET NORTHWEST, WASHINGTON, D. C.

Entered as second class matter October 28, 1920, at the postoffice at Washington, D. C.. under the Act of August 24. 1912. Acceptance

for mailing af special rate of postage provided for in section 1103, Act of October 3. 1917, authorized January 26, 1921,

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