Treasure Island

Edwin Markham

(23 April 1852 - 7 March 1940 / Oregon City, Oregon)

Quotations

  • ''There is a destiny that makes us brothers;
    None goes his way alone:
    All that we send into the lives of others
    Comes back into our own.''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. A Creed (l. 1-4). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & Company.
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  • ''The grip that swung the ax in Illinois
    Was on the pen that set a people free.''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. Lincoln, the Man of the People (l. 44-45). . . Our Holidays in Poetry. Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine H. Thomas, comps. (1929) The H. W. Wilson Company.
  • ''Sprung from the West,
    He drank the valorous youth of a new world.
    The strength of virgin forests braced his mind,
    The hush of spacious prairies stilled his soul.
    His words were oaks in acorns; and his thoughts
    Were roots that firmly gript the granite truth.''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. Lincoln, the Man of the People (l. 30-35). . . Our Holidays in Poetry. Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine H. Thomas, comps. (1929) The H. W. Wilson Company.
  • ''he went down
    As when a lordly cedar, green with boughs,
    Goes down with a great shout upon the hills,
    And leaves a lonesome place against the sky.''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. Lincoln, the Man of the People (l. 53-56). . . Our Holidays in Poetry. Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine H. Thomas, comps. (1929) The H. W. Wilson Company.
  • ''How will it be with kingdoms and with kings—
    With those who shaped him to the thing he is—
    When this dumb Terror shall rise to judge the world,
    After the silence of the centuries?''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. The Man with the Hoe (l. 46-49). . . One Hundred and One Famous Poems. Roy J. Cook, comp. (Rev. ed., 1958) Reilly & Lee Company; reprinted 1981 by Contemporary Books.
  • ''Slave of the wheel of labor, what to him
    Are Plato and the swing of Pleiades?''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. The Man with the Hoe (l. 23-24). . . One Hundred and One Famous Poems. Roy J. Cook, comp. (Rev. ed., 1958) Reilly & Lee Company; reprinted 1981 by Contemporary Books.
  • ''Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, The emptiness of ages in his face, And on his back the burden of the world.''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. "The Man with the Hoe," st. 1, The Man with the Hoe and Other Poems (1899).
  • ''Who loosened and let down this brutal jaw?''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. The Man with the Hoe (l. 8). . . One Hundred and One Famous Poems. Roy J. Cook, comp. (Rev. ed., 1958) Reilly & Lee Company; reprinted 1981 by Contemporary Books.

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A Look Into The Gulf

I LOOKED one night, and there the Semiramis,
With all her mourning doves about her head,
Sat rocking on an ancient road of Hell,
Withered and eyeless, chanting to the moon
Snatches of song they sang to her of old
Upon the lighted roofs of Nineveh.
And then her voice rang out with rattling laugh:
'The bugles! they are crying back again--
Bugles that broke the nights of Babylon,

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