The Unceasing Round

Original Text: 

Sonnets of Edward Robeson Taylor on some Pictures Painted by William Keith (San Francisco: E. D. Taylor, 1898): 25. Internet Archive

2    All stark in death, with arms in vain appeal
3    For what it nevermore can taste or feel
4    Of joys of earth or of the heavens divine.
5Straight as in life it stands, still bearing sign
6    Of noble majesty and dauntless will;
7    While at its base its elder brothers spill
8    Their ashes where the grasses kiss and twine.
9A glorious redwood centuries have blessed
10    Uptowers, while with bliss of life possessed
11    The forest sings in grand, harmonious tone.
12And careless men pass by -- the children they
13    Of other children death has made his own.
14    And who like them shall strive and pass away.


1] Unidentified painting by William Keith (1838.-1911), a Scottish-American painter of California landscapes. Back to Line
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Ian Lancashire
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