“Here, sown by the Creator’s hand,

In serried ranks, the Redwoods stand;

No other clime is honored so,

No other lands their glory know.

The greatest of Earth’s living forms,

Tall conquerors that laugh at storms;

Their challenge still unanswered rings,

Through fifty centuries of kings.

This is their temple, vaulted high,

And here we pause with reverent eye,

With silent tongue and awe-struck soul;

For here we sense life’s proper goal.

To be like these, straight, true and fine,

To make our world, like theirs, a shrine;

Sink down, O traveler, on your knees,

God stands before you in these trees.”

~ Joseph B. Strauss, from “The Redwoods”, 1932.

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