In Beechwood Cemetery

Original Text: 
The Poems of Archibald Lampman, ed. Duncan Campbell Scott (Toronto: George N. Morang, 1900): 288-89, as reprinted in The Poems of Archibald Lampman (including At the Long Sault).
2Disturbs them ever, and no storm dismays.
3Winter mid snow caresses the tired ground,
4And the wind roars about the woodland ways.
5Springtime and summer and red autumn pass,
6With leaf and bloom and pipe of wind and bird,
7And the old earth puts forth her tender grass,
8By them unfelt, unheeded and unheard.
9Our centuries to them are but as strokes
10In the dim gamut of some far-off chime.
11Unaltering rest their perfect being cloaks--
12A thing too vast to hear or feel or see--
13Children of Silence and Eternity,
14They know no season but the end of time.


1] Lampman was buried in this cemetery on February 11, 1899. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.