Tho' Lack of Laurels and of Wreaths Not One

Original Text: 
The Poems of Trumbull Stickney, ed. George Cabot Lodge, William Vaughn Moody, and John Ellerton Lodge (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1905): 90. PS 3537 T525 1905 Robarts Library.
1Tho' lack of laurels and of wreaths not one
2Prove you our lives abortive, shall we yet
3Vaunt us our single aim, our hearts full set
4To win the guerdon which is never won.
5Witness, a purpose never is undone.
6And tho' fate drain our seas of violet
7To gather round our lives her wide-hung net,
8Memories of hopes that are not shall atone.
9Not wholly starless is the ill-starred life,
10Not all is night in failure, and the shield
11Sometimes well grasped, tho' shattered in the strife.
12And here while all the lowering heaven is ringed
13With our loud death-shouts echoed, on the field


14] Nikè: Greek goddess of victory. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Dramatic Verses (1902), p. 81
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.