The Circle of Affection and Other Pieces in Prose and Verse

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

TO MY FRIEND—LEONARD W. BROCKINGTON


 

THE POWER that pulses in the spoken word
Searching the ether above land and sea,
With a rich cadence, rhythmic, deep and free
Follows your voice; wherever it is heard
Humour has sway, and courage springs to grid
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The hero heart for strife; hatred of wrong,
The love of liberty, the love of song,
The wonder and the joy of life are stirred.

And we who love you best in your own land
Know best the secret of your winning power;

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To town and homestead comes the enchanted hour
Of thought and beauty,— like the transfiguring light
Upon our plains and where our mountains stand,
When the first stars come leading the quiet night.