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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Duncan Campbell Scott 1862–1947

Life and Death


I THOUGHT of death beside the lonely sea

That went beyond the limit of my sight,

Seeming the image of his mastery,

The semblance of his huge and gloomy might.

But firm beneath the sea went the great earth,

With sober bulk and adamantine hold,

The water but a mantle for her girth,

That played about her splendor fold on fold.

And life seemed like this dear familiar shore

That stretched from the wet sand’s last wavy crease,

Beneath the sea’s remote and sombre roar,

To inland stillness and the wilds of peace.

Death seems triumphant only here and there;

Life is the sovereign presence everywhere.