Alexander Smith

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a Scottish poet, and labelled as one of the Spasmodic School.

Life and Works

He was born in a thatched house in Kilmarnock, in the Scottish Lowlands south-west of Glasgow, the first of several children. His father, John Smith, was a Lowlander who worked as a designer of lace, calico prints, paisley patterns, and muslins. His mother Chr ...
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THE fierce exulting worlds, the motes in rays,
   The churlish thistles, scented briers,
The wind-swept bluebells on the sunny braes,
   Down to the central fires,
To ----
THE BROKEN moon lay in the autumn sky,
And I lay at thy feet;
You bent above me; in the silence I
Could hear my wild heart beat.
From: A Life-Drama
Walter. I HAVE a strain of a departed bard;
One who was born too late into this world.
A mighty day was past, and he saw nought
ON the Sabbath-day,
   Through the churchyard old and gray,
Over the crisp and yellow leaves I held my rustling way;
And amid the words of mercy, falling on my soul like balms,
SING, poet, 'tis a merry world;
That cottage smoke is rolled and curled
In sport, that every moss
Is happy, every inch of soil: -
Popular Quotes
11 November 2014
I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.
11 November 2014
A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
11 November 2014
A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
11 November 2014
If you wish to preserve your secret, wrap it up in frankness.
11 November 2014
If the egotist is weak, his egotism is worthless. If the egotist is strong, acute, full of distinctive character, his egotism is precious, and remains a possession of the race.


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