I am the thing that men denied,
The right to be, the urge to live;
And I am that which men defied,
Yet I ask naught for what I give.
My arms are flung across the deep,
Into the clouds my towers soar,
And where the waters never sleep,
I guard the California shore.
Above the fogs of scorn and doubt,
Triumphant gleams my web of steel;
Still shall I ride the wild storms out,
And still the thrill of conquest feel.
The passing world may never know
The epic of my grim travail;
It matters not, nor friend or foe –
My place to serve and none to fail.
My being cradled in despair,
Now grown so wondrous fair and strong,
And glorified beyond compare,
Rebukes the error and the wrong.
Vast shafts of steel, wave-battered pier,
And all the splendor meant to be;
Wind-swept and free, these, year on year,
Shall chant my hymm of Victory!
Written in 1937 by chief engineer Joseph P. Strauss, this poem commemorated the Golden Gate’s completion. However, mathematician and scholar Charles Alton Ellis has been recently credited for envisioning the bridge’s breathtaking design and ensuring its structural integrity.
View historic photos and video of this iconic suspension bridge at the Golden Gate Bridge A/V library.
Cross Here for more Bridge Challenge Fotos at Cee’s blog.
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