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Rome

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



IMPERIAL city, slumb'ring on the throne
  Of vanished empire, once thy voice and hands
  Rocked the wide world; thy finger wove the lands
Into thy girdle; who for crown alone
Didst wear the stars. Yet still in undertone
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  Man hears thy deathless utterance, tho' Time's sands
  Roll centuries; thou clasp'st the earth with bands
Of speech, art, law, and subtle powers unknown.
Thou wast not meant to die; thy mighty heart
  Pulsed with the universe. Thy deeds of old
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  Flame like the sunset skies thro' clouds which throng;
They blazon on thy throne a name apart
  In red of mighty victories, in gold
  Of all things valorous and great and strong.

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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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