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The Song of the Stone Wall

Helen Keller

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .They are a miracle of patient hands,
They are a victory of suffering, a paean of pain;
All pangs of death, all cries of birth,
Are in the mute, moss-covered stones;
They are eloquent to my hands.
O beautiful, blind stones, inarticulate and dumb!
In the deep gloom of their hearts there is a gleam
Of the primeval sun which looked upon them
When they were begotten.
So in the heart of man shines forever
A beam from the everlasting sun of God.
Rude and unresponsive are the stones;
Yet in them divine things lie concealed;
I hear their imprisoned chant:—

"We are fragments of the universe,
Chips of the rock whereon God laid the foundation of the world:
Out of immemorial chaos He wrought us.
Out of the sun, out of the tempest, out of the travail of the earth
 we grew.
We are wonderfully mingled of life and death;
We serve as crypts for innumerable, unnoticed, tiny f. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It's a book beautifully written in pleasant words which describes the sounds and voices into a song !

I read the 1910 edition with black and white photos of Helen. At first I thought it was a bit naive but as she tackled more serious subjects like slavery and the Salem witch hunts I became more impressed.

A poem of genius

Written by Helen Keller in 1910 at age 30, "The Song of the Stone Wall" is set in New England, and gives voice to a stone wall that has witnessed the history of the nation. Admittedly, it is not great poetry; but it is extraordinary poetry, the product of a genius who overcame the ch

interesting poem that shows that Helen Keller was artful and well informed about the world around her. You wouldn't expect someone who was deaf-blind to be able to produce something like this, but that's true of pretty much everything Helen Keller did. There were one or two places she used color wor