The Bridge Builder – Poem by Will Allen Dromgoole

This is a very inspiring poem that we wanted to share with everyone. Hope you enjoy it and bless the Lord! The question is, how many bridges for others have YOU built?

The Bridge Builder
Poem by Will Allen Dromgoole 1860–1934

An old man going a lone highway,
Came, in the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build you a bridge at the eventide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To the fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him!”

Music: Manfred & Sheri Bauer
Poem: Will Allen Dromgoole
Images: Internet
Compiled by: Champion Studios


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9 thoughts on “The Bridge Builder – Poem by Will Allen Dromgoole

  • August 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you for your share here. I will ask yet another question: How many bridges for ME have OTHERS built?

  • August 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I have been an as an adult Scout leader for more than 50 years.  I encountered this poem decades ago (late 1970s) and incorporated it into a certificate I have presented to every new Eagle Scout who has passed by me since then!  It exemplifies the leadership responsibilities a Scout takes on as he earns the rank of Eagle Scout.  I think this beautifully tells the new Eagle what his role is to be toward the younger men who follow him up the Trail to Eagle. 

  • August 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Recently I ran across this poem in a museum in Kentucky, it did not have the authors name.  I had been working some years on a book on the 13 covered bridges in Kentucky and felt it very appropriate for such  Having Googled it and got the name of Will Allen Dromgoole and got a tip that it had been put to music.  A great piece and have shared with some of my friends that enjoy some of the finer thins and this fits that catagory.  Thank all at YouTube and everyone involved 

  • August 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    What could be more beautiful and more true? Thank you for a wonderful job.

  • August 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    This is a good poem, but it doesn't need any religious overtones.  As an atheist I read the poem as the need to help our fellow man and to think of others not just ourselves. 


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