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Westminster Abbey

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

'TWAS afternoon in winter, and the light
  Sloped softly up the walls, as day was done,
  In tremulous cloud-beams, while the westering sun
Blazoned with saints the columns opposite.
All sounds had died away; to left and right
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  Was silence, tho' I seemed to hear again
  The spirit-echoes of the last Amen
Far in the groinèd shadowings out of sight.
Oh! silence strange, so deep, so vast, profound;
  Ten ages slumber in the dust beneath,
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  And yet no voice,—no voice from those who trod
These aisles before and lie so still around.
  Oh! is it that they lose all voice in death,
  Seeing what they see, and being so close to God?

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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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