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New Year's Eve

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

WE stand above the abyss; beneath our feet
  Around and onward infinite darkness rolls.
  The sky above is black; the watch-bell tolls
The dying year. While slow in silent feet
Pale ghosts come towards us from the ice-locked street
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  Of thought's great city; faces young and old,
  Eyes sunken, features set and deathly cold
And noiseless bear the dead year's winding-sheet.
But lo! where now we stand is worn with tread
  Of millions; in the darkness feel, the ground
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  Is dust of powdered bones; sure, on this peak
The years have died, and millions of the dead
  Have waited vainly through the gloom profound,
  For dawn of day or trumpet-voice to speak.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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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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