Lindsay Memorial

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Springfield Journal Register, date of paper which originally published the following is unknown.

The bust of Vachel Lindsay at the west end of the Lindsay bridge at Lake Springfield attracts the attention not only of Springfield residents but of visitors from all sections of the state. It is the work of Adrian Voisen, noted sculptor. Inscribed on the monument are these words from "On the Building of Springfield" by Lindsay:

"When will they start our vulgar blood athrill
With living language, words that set us free?
When will they make a path of beauty clear
Between our riches and our liberty?
We must have many Lincoln-hearted men.
A city is not builded in a day.
And they must do their work, and come and go.
While counties generations pass away."

Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe.