Canadian Singers and Their Songs/William Douw Lighthall


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WILLIAM DOUW LIGHTHALL

AUTHOR OF "THOUGHTS, MOODS AND IDEALS," EDITOR OF
"SONGS OF THE GREAT DOMINION."

Deathless



October 30, 1917.

-i-
In the rugged limestone pasture
The old hard maple glows,
With burning tone & glory
Like the sun in all its sunset
In the rich Laurentian autumn,
The sunset of the year.
-ii-
At Passchendale I saw it
When my lifestream stopped its flowing,
As my life fell off in glory
In the sunset of the year.
-iii-
The old hard maple glowing
With dying fire and splendor,
Hid at her every leafstalk
The perfect end of spring
-iv-
At Passchendale I sleep not:
Only my leaves of autumn,
My autumn leaves, fell there
For the wondrous spring was in me,
And the life I gave at Passchendale
Hid the life of morrow year.

W.D Lighthall