David Morton

(1886-1957 / United States)

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David H. Morton (February 21, 1886 – June 13, 1957) was an American poet.

Born in Elkton, Kentucky, he graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1909. After a decade of newspaper work, starting at the Louisville Courier-Journal, he became a teacher in the high school at Morristown, New Jersey. Beginning in 1924, he taught at Amherst College.

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The Kings Are Passing Deathward

The Kings are passing deathward in the dark
   Of days that had been splendid where they went;
Their crowns are captive and their courts are stark
   Of purples that are ruinous, now, and rent.
For all that they have seen disastrous things:
   The shattered pomp, the split and shaken throne,
They cannot quite forget the way of Kings:
   Gravely they pass, majestic and alone.

With thunder on their brows, their faces set
   Toward the eternal night of restless shapes,
They walk ...

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