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Beyond

Frederick George Scott 1861 (Montreal, Quebec) – 1944 (Quebec City, Quebec)

MY heart it lies beyond, dear,
  In the land of the setting day,
Where the whispers are soft and fond, dear,
  Of the voices that pass away;
And oft, when the night is falling,
5
  And a calm is on the sea,
I fancy I hear them calling
  rom that far-off land for me.
It is only idle dreaming,
  But the dream is full of rest,
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And up where that glory is streaming,
  From the gates of the golden west,
I wander away in spirit,
  With a mingled joy and pain,
Till I almost seem to inherit
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  The sweet dead past again.
I see the old dear faces,
  I greet them hand to hand;
But sadly too, for the places
  Seem strange in that curious land;
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Till a new light breaks, and all other
  Grows dim to my streaming eyes;
For a son has found his mother
  In the depths of the throbbing skies.
Yes, my heart it lies beyond, dear,
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  Where that sun is burning low,
And were you not so fond, dear,
  I might perhaps—but no!
Are you weary already with walking?
  And tears! What tears, dear, too!
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How selfish of me to be talking,
  My darling, in this way to you!

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Frederick George Scott

Frederick George Scott was a Canadian poet and author, known as the Poet of the Laurentians. He is sometimes associated with Canada's Confederation Poets, a group that included Charles G. D. Roberts, Bliss Carman, Archibald Lampman, and Duncan Campbell Scott. Scott published 13 books of Christian and patriotic poetry. Scott was a British imperialist who wrote many hymns to the British Empire—eulogizing his country's roles in the Boer Wars and World War I. Many of his poems use the natural world symbolically to convey deeper spiritual meaning. Frederick George Scott was the father of poet F. R. Scott. more…

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