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Poem by Duncan Campbell Scott

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 sands last wavy crease,        
Beneath the seas 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.

Duncan Campbell Scott

Duncan Campbell Scott's other poems:
  1. The Harvest
  2. Avis
  3. At William Maclennan's Grave
  4. To Winter (Come, O thou season of intense repose)
  5. Off the Isle Aux Coudres

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Davenant Life and Death ("Frail Life! in Which, Through Mists of Human Breath")
  • Ella Wilcox Life and Death ("Three days agone, and she was here") 1872

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