Duncan Campbell Scott
The Violet Pressed In A Copy Of Shakespeare by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Violet Pressed In A Copy Of Shakespeare by Duncan Campbell Scott

Here in the inmost of the master's heartThis violet crisp with early dewHas come to leave her beauty and to partWith all her vivid hue.And while in hollow glades and dells of ...

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Ecstasy by Duncan Campbell Scott

Ecstasy by Duncan Campbell Scott

The shore-lark soars to his topmost flight,Sings at the height where morning springs,What though his voice be lost in the light,The light comes dropping from his wings.Mount, my ...

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The Message by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Message by Duncan Campbell Scott

Wind of the gentle summer night,Dwell in the lilac tree,Sway the blossoms clustered light,Then blow over to me.Wind, you are sometimes strong and great,You frighten the ships at ...

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Enigma by Duncan Campbell Scott

Enigma by Duncan Campbell Scott

Some men are born to gather women's tears,To give a harbour to their timorous fears,To take them as the dry earth takes the rain,As the dark wood the warm wind from the plain;Yet ...

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The Half-Breed Girl by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Half-Breed Girl by Duncan Campbell Scott

She is free of the trap and the paddle,The portage and the trail,But something behind her savage lifeShines like a fragile veil.Her dreams are undiscovered,Shadows trouble her ...

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Improvisation On An Old Song by Duncan Campbell Scott

Improvisation On An Old Song by Duncan Campbell Scott

(The refrain is quoted by Edward Fitzgerald inone of his letters)IGrowing, growing, all the glory going;Flashing out of fire and light, burning to a husk,All the world's a-dying ...

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Rain And The Robin by Duncan Campbell Scott

Rain And The Robin by Duncan Campbell Scott

A ROBIN in the morning,In the morning early,Sang a song of warning,"There'll be rain, there'll be rain."Very,very clearly From the orchardCame the gentle horning,"There'll be ...

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At The Cedars by Duncan Campbell Scott

At The Cedars by Duncan Campbell Scott

You had two girls -- Baptiste -- One is Virginie --Hold hard -- Baptiste!Listen to me.The whole drive was jammedIn that bend at the Cedars,The rapids were dammedWith the logs ...

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When Spring Goes By by Duncan Campbell Scott

When Spring Goes By by Duncan Campbell Scott

The winds that on the uplands softly lie,Grow keener where the ice is lingering stillWhere the first robin on the sheltered hillPipes blithely to the tune, "When Spring goes ...

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Angel by Duncan Campbell Scott

Angel by Duncan Campbell Scott

Come to me when grief is over,When the tired eyes,Seek thy cloudy wings to coverClose their burning skies.Come to me when tears have dwindledInto drops of dew,When the sighs like ...

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By A Child’s Bed by Duncan Campbell Scott

By A Child’s Bed by Duncan Campbell Scott

She breathed deep,And stepped from out life's streamUpon the shore of sleep;And parted from the earthly noise,Leaving her world of toys,To dwell a little in a dell of dream.Then ...

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Fragment Of An Ode To Canada by Duncan Campbell Scott

Fragment Of An Ode To Canada by Duncan Campbell Scott

This is the land!It lies outstretched a vision of delight,Bent like a shield between the silver seasIt flashes back the hauteur of the sun;Yet teems with humblest beauties, still ...

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Angelus by Duncan Campbell Scott

Angelus by Duncan Campbell Scott

A deep bell that links the downsTo the drowsy air;Every loop of sound that swoons,Finds a circle fair,Whereon it doth rest and fade;Every stroke that dins is laidLike a ...

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The Ghost’s Story by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Ghost’s Story by Duncan Campbell Scott

All my life long I heard the stepOf some one I would know,Break softly in upon my daysAnd lightly come and go.A foot so brisk I said must bearA heart that's clean and clear;If ...

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Avis by Duncan Campbell Scott

Avis by Duncan Campbell Scott

With a golden rolling sound Booming came a bell,From the aery in the towerEagles fell;So with regal wings Hurled, and gleaming sound and power, Sprang the fatal spell.Ten a storm ...

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From ‘Lines In Memory Of Edmund Morris’ by Duncan Campbell Scott

From ‘Lines In Memory Of Edmund Morris’ by Duncan Campbell Scott

HERE Morris, on the plains that we have loved,Think of the death of Akoose, fleet of foot,Who, in his prime, a herd of antelopeFrom sunrise, without rest, a hundred milesDrove ...

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From Shadow by Duncan Campbell Scott

From Shadow by Duncan Campbell Scott

Now the November skies,And the clouds that are thin and gray,That drop with the wind away;A flood of sunlight rolls,In a tide of shallow light,Gold on the land and whiteOn the ...

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The Height Of Land by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Height Of Land by Duncan Campbell Scott

Here is the height of land:The watershed on either handGoes down to Hudson BayOr Lake Superior;The stars are up, and far awayThe wind sounds in the wood, wearierThan the long ...

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Night Hymns On Lake Nipigon by Duncan Campbell Scott

Night Hymns On Lake Nipigon by Duncan Campbell Scott

Here in the midnight, where the dark mainland and islandShadows mingle in shadow deeper, profounder,Sing we the hymns of the churches, while the dead waterWhispers before ...

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An Impromptu by Duncan Campbell Scott

An Impromptu by Duncan Campbell Scott

Here in the pungent gloomWhere the tamarac roses glowAnd the balsam burns its perfume,A vireo turns his slowCadence, as if he gloatedOver the last phrase he floated;Each one he ...

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Feuilles D’Automne by Duncan Campbell Scott

Feuilles D’Automne by Duncan Campbell Scott

Gather the leaves from the forestAnd blow them over the world,The wind of winter followsThe wind of autumn furled.Only the beech tree cherishesA leaf or two for ruth,Their stems ...

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Afterwards by Duncan Campbell Scott

Afterwards by Duncan Campbell Scott

Her life was touched with early frost,About the April of her day,Her hold on earth was lightly lost,And like a leaf she went away.Her soul was chartered for great deeds,For gentle ...

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The Forgers by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Forgers by Duncan Campbell Scott

IN the smithy it began:Let's make something for a man!Hear the bellows belch and roar,Splashing light on roof and floor:From their nest the feathery sparksFly like little golden ...

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The Harvest by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Harvest by Duncan Campbell Scott

Sun on the mountain,Shade in the valley,Ripple and lightnessLeaping along the world,Sun, like a gold swordPlucked from the scabbard,Striking the wheat-fields,Splendid and ...

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The Forsaken by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Forsaken by Duncan Campbell Scott

I Once in the winterOut on a lakeIn the heart of the north-land,Far from the FortAnd far from the hunters,A Chippewa womanWith her sick baby,Crouched in the last hoursOf a great ...

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Christmas Folk-Song by Duncan Campbell Scott

Christmas Folk-Song by Duncan Campbell Scott

Those who die on Christmas Day(I heard the triumphant Seraph say)Will be remembered, for they diedUpon the Holy Christmastide;When they attain to Paradise,The Angels with the ...

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The Onondaga Madonna by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Onondaga Madonna by Duncan Campbell Scott

She stands full-throated and with careless pose,This woman of a weird and waning race,The tragic savage lurking in her face,Where all her pagan passion burns and glows;Her blood ...

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Dream Voyageurs by Duncan Campbell Scott

Dream Voyageurs by Duncan Campbell Scott

To ports of balm through isles of muskThe gentle airs are leading us;To curtained calm and tents of dusk,The wood-wild things unheeding usWill share their hoards of hardihood,Cool ...

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Elizabeth Speaks by Duncan Campbell Scott

Elizabeth Speaks by Duncan Campbell Scott

(Aetat Six)Now every night we light the grateAnd I sit up till _really_ late;My Father sits upon the right,My Mother on the left, and IBetween them on an ancient chair,That once ...

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A Love Song by Duncan Campbell Scott

A Love Song by Duncan Campbell Scott

I gave her a rose in early June,Fed with the sun and the dew,Each petal I said is a note in the tune,The rose is the whole tune through and through,The tune is the whole ...

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Three Songs by Duncan Campbell Scott

Three Songs by Duncan Campbell Scott

IWhere love is lifeThe roses blow,Though winds be rudeAnd cold the snow,The roses climbSerenely slow,They nod in rhymeWe know--we knowWhere love is lifeThe roses blow.Where life ...

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From Beyond by Duncan Campbell Scott

From Beyond by Duncan Campbell Scott

Here there is balm for every tender heartWounded by life;Rest for each one who bore a valiant partCrushed in the strife.I suffered there and held a losing fightEven to the ...

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In Snow-Time by Duncan Campbell Scott

In Snow-Time by Duncan Campbell Scott

I have seen things that charmed the heart to rest:Faint moonlight on the towers of ancient towns,Flattering the soul to dream of old renowns;The first clear silver on the mountain ...

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The Leaf by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Leaf by Duncan Campbell Scott

This silver-edged geranium leafIs one sign of a bitter griefWhose symbols are a myriad more;They cluster round a carven stoneWhere she who sleeps is never aloneFor two hearts at ...

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Spring On Mattagmi by Duncan Campbell Scott

Spring On Mattagmi by Duncan Campbell Scott

Far in the east the rain-clouds sweep and harry,Down the long haggard hills, formless and low,Far in the west the shell-tints meet and marry,Piled gray and tender blue and roseate ...

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A Legend Of Christ’s Nativity by Duncan Campbell Scott

A Legend Of Christ’s Nativity by Duncan Campbell Scott

At Bethlehem upon the hill,The day was done, the night was nigh,The dusk was deep and had its will,The stars were very small and still,Like unblown tapers, faint and high.The ...

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To A Canadian Aviator Who Died For His Country In France by Duncan Campbell Scott

To A Canadian Aviator Who Died For His Country In France by Duncan Campbell Scott

Tossed like a falcon from the hunter's wrist,A sweeping plunge, a sudden shattering noise,And thou hast dared, with a long spiral twist,The elastic stairway to the rising ...

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At The Gill-Nets by Duncan Campbell Scott

At The Gill-Nets by Duncan Campbell Scott

Tug at the net,Haul at the net,Strip off the quivering fish;Hid in the mistThe winds whist,Is like my heart's wish.What is your wish,Your heart's wish?Is it for home on the ...

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At Sea by Duncan Campbell Scott

At Sea by Duncan Campbell Scott

Three are emerald pools in the sea,And wing-like flashes of light;The sea is bound with the heavensIn a large delight.Night comes out of the eastAnd rushes down on the sun;The ...

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Frost Magic by Duncan Campbell Scott

Frost Magic by Duncan Campbell Scott

INow, in the moonrise, from a wintry sky,The frost has come to charm with elfin mightThis quiet room; to draw with symbols brightFaces and forms in fairest characteryUpon the ...

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The Lover To His Lass by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Lover To His Lass by Duncan Campbell Scott

Crown her with stars, this angel of our planet,Cover her with morning, this thing of pure delight,Mantle her with midnight till a mortal cannotSee her for the garments of the ...

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The Builder by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Builder by Duncan Campbell Scott

WHEN the deep cunning architectHad the great minster planned,They worked in faith for twice two hundred yearsAnd reared the building grand;War came and famine and they did not ...

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Fantasia by Duncan Campbell Scott

Fantasia by Duncan Campbell Scott

Here in Samarcand they offer emeralds,Pure as frozen drops of sea-water,Rubies, pale as dew-ponds stained with slaughter,Where the fairies fought for a king's daughterIn the elfin ...

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Song by Duncan Campbell Scott

Song by Duncan Campbell Scott

Creep into my heart, creep in, creep in,Afar from the fret, the toil and the din,Where the spring of love forever flows,As clear as light and as sweet as the rose;(Creep into my ...

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At William Maclennan’s Grave by Duncan Campbell Scott

At William Maclennan’s Grave by Duncan Campbell Scott

Here where the cypress tallShadows the stucco wall,Bronze and deep,Where the chrysanthemums blow,And the roses--blood and snow--He lies asleep.Florence dreameth afar;Memories of ...

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Off Riviere Du Loup by Duncan Campbell Scott

Off Riviere Du Loup by Duncan Campbell Scott

O ship incoming from the seaWith all your cloudy tower of sail,Dashing the water to the lee,And leaning grandly to the gale,The sunset pageant in the westHas filled your canvas ...

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Willow-Pipes by Duncan Campbell Scott

Willow-Pipes by Duncan Campbell Scott

So in the shadow by the nimble floodHe made her whistles of the willow wood,Flutes of one note with mellow slender tone;(A robin piping in the dusk alone).Lively the pleasure was ...

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The Sea By The Wood by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Sea By The Wood by Duncan Campbell Scott

I DWELL in the sea that is wild and deep,But afar in a shadow still,I can see the trees that gather and sleepIn the wood upon the hill.The deeps are green as an emerald's face,The ...

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The Voice And The Dusk by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Voice And The Dusk by Duncan Campbell Scott

THE slender moon and one pale star,A rose leaf and a silver beeFrom some god's garden blown afar,Go down the gold deep tranquilly.Within the south there rolls and growsA mighty ...

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Lines In Memory Of Edmund Morris by Duncan Campbell Scott

Lines In Memory Of Edmund Morris by Duncan Campbell Scott

Dear Morris--here is your letter--Can my answer reach you now?Fate has left me your debtor,You will remember how;For I went away to Nantucket,And you to the Isle of Orleans,And ...

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