The Pilgrim – Poem by Anonymous Std. 8 English Balbharati

The Pilgrim Poem by Anonymous has been Adapted from the original poem – The Bridge Builder BY WILL ALLEN DROMGOOLE
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The Pilgrim Poem by Anonymous Summary

This poem is about an old man who crosses a chasm during evening and realises that anybody who comes after him will have to face the same difficulties as him while crossing. So he builds a bridge for the unknown traveler who will follow later.

This poem also signifies that experienced people should make roads and pathways easier for the young people who follow.

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A pilgrim going a lone highway,
Came, at evening cold and gray,
To a chasm, deep and vast and wide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The chasm held no fear for him;
But he paused when he reached the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“Why waste by in building here;
Your journey ends with the close of the day,
You never again will pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build ye here at even tide?”

The pilgrim raised his old gray head,
“My friend, in the path I’ve come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A fair haired youth, who must pass this way.

The chasm which held no fears for me
To the fair haired youth, may a pitfall be,
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
My friend, I am building this bridge for him!”