Original Text: 
Collected Poems, with an introduction by John Drinkwater (London: Cecil Palmer, 1922): 97. PS 3535 O25A17 1922 Robarts Library.
1There is a drear and lonely tract of hell
2From all the common gloom removed afar:
3A flat, sad land it is, where shadows are,
4Whose lorn estate my verse may never tell.
5I walked among them and I knew them well:
6Men I had slandered on life's little star
7For churls and sluggards; and I knew the scar
8Upon their brows of woe ineffable.
9But as I went majestic on my way,
10Into the dark they vanished, one by one,
11Till, with a shaft of God's eternal day,
12The dream of all my glory was undone,--
13And, with a fool's importunate dismay,
14I heard the dead men singing in the sun.
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
The Harvard Advocate (June 16, 1892): 122.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.