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Poem by John McCrae


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Amid my books I lived the hurrying years,
Disdaining kinship with my fellow man;
Alike to me were human smiles and tears,
I cared not whither Earths great life-stream ran,
Till as I knelt before my mouldered shrine,
God made me look into a womans eyes;
And I, who thought all earthly wisdom mine,
Knew in a moment that the eternal skies
Were measured but in inches, to the quest
That lay before me in that mystic gaze.
Surely I have been errant: it is best
That I should tread, with men their human ways.
God took the teacher, ere the task was learned,
And to my lonely books again I turned.



John McCrae


John McCrae's other poems:
  1. The Anxious Dead
  2. Anarchy
  3. Equality
  4. Eventide
  5. The Captain


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