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Lines Written on Finishing the Life of Milton

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

I CLOSED the book, but fancied still
  I heard, like distant music roll,
  The far-off echoes in my soul
Of his great life. I listened till,
Entranced, I thought that I could hear
5
  His grand old voice amid the gloom;
  And in the twilight-flooded room
I almost felt that he was near.
Thou didst not die, O Milton, when
  Thy life on earth had ceased to be;
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  They never die who pass, like thee,
Enriching all their brother-men.
As often, on the edge of morn,
  Lingers one star, its fellows gone,
  Thou shin'st alone, and shalt shine on,
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An age of ages yet unborn.

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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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