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Under the Pines

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

"LIFE is sad," says the wind in the pines
  To the still soul listening,
While the pale, pale day declines
  Like a white bird on the wing.
"Life is sad," says the quiet earth
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  Under the churchyard wall,
Where the spring flowers have their birth
  And the autumn leaflets fall.
"Life is sad," say the daisies that blow there
  And stretch out their heads to the sun;
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"Life is sad," say the poor hearts that go there
  To weep when the day's work is done.
"Life is sad," from below, from on high,
  From forest and meadow and tree,
From the clouds that drift over the sky
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  And the days that die into the sea.
Then up and be brave with thy sorrow,
  Like a man with his face to the blast;
Not from hope of the joys of to-morrow,
  Nor rest when the warfare is past;
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But strong that weak souls may grow strong,
  That men may take heart by the way,
Till the heavens break forth with the song
  That will herald eternal day.

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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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