Frederick George Scott

Lines Written on Finishing the Life of Milton

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 a…

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
  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;
  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,
An age of ages yet unborn.