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Joseph B. Strauss
(9 Jan 1870 - 16 May 1938)

American civil engineer who designed and built the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. He also wrote poetry.


Science Quotes by Joseph B. Strauss (2 quotes)

The Mighty Task is Done

At last the mighty task is done;
Resplendent in the western sun
The Bridge looms mountain high;
Its titan piers grip ocean floor,
Its great steel arms link shore with shore,
Its towers pierce the sky.

On its broad decks in rightful pride,
The world in swift parade shall ride,
Throughout all time to be;
Beneath, fleet ships from every port,
Vast landlocked bay, historic fort,
And dwarfing all the sea.

To north, the Redwood Empires gates;
To south, a happy playground waits,
In Rapturous appeal;
Here nature, free since time began,
Yields to the restless moods of man,
Accepts his bonds of steel.

Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears,
Damned by a thousand hostile sneers,
Yet Neer its course was stayed,
But ask of those who met the foe
Who stood alone when faith was low,
Ask them the price they paid.

Ask of the steel, each strut and wire,
Ask of the searching, purging fire,
That marked their natal hour;
Ask of the mind, the hand, the heart,
Ask of each single, stalwart part,
What gave it force and power.

An Honored cause and nobly fought
And that which they so bravely wrought,
Now glorifies their deed,
No selfish urge shall stain its life,
Nor envy, greed, intrigue, nor strife,
Nor false, ignoble creed.

High overhead its lights shall gleam,
Far, far below lifes restless stream,
Unceasingly shall flow;
For this was spun its lithe fine form,
To fear not war, nor time, nor storm,
For Fate had meant it so.

— Joseph B. Strauss
Written upon completion of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, May 1937. In Allen Brown, Golden Gate: biography of a Bridge (1965), 229.
Science quotes on:  |  Bridge Engineering (7)  |  Engineering (60)  |  Flow (14)  |  Golden Gate Bridge (2)  |  History (156)  |  Playground (3)  |  Poem (76)  |  Redwood (6)  |  Sea (57)  |  Ship (18)  |  Shore (7)  |  Steel (5)  |  Task (32)  |  Tower (4)  |  Wire (10)

The Redwoods

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.

The nations that with them were young,
Rich empires, with their forts far-flung,
Lie buried now—their splendor gone;
But these proud monarchs still live on.

So shall they live, when ends our day,
When our crude citadels decay;
For brief the years allotted man,
But infinite perennials' span.

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, oh traveler, on your knees,
God stands before you in these trees.
— Joseph B. Strauss
In The Record: Volumes 60-61 (1938), 39.
Science quotes on:  |  Citadel (2)  |  Conqueror (3)  |  Creator (15)  |  Glory (20)  |  Greatest (23)  |  King (11)  |  Poem (76)  |  Rank (13)  |  Redwood (6)  |  Shrine (5)  |  Sow (2)  |  Splendor (2)  |  Storm (13)  |  Tall (3)  |  Temple (12)  |  Traveler (8)  |  Tree (88)


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