David Morton

(1886-1957 / United States)

Biography of David Morton

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.

His work appeared in Harper's Magazine.He is noted for having written a fan letter to Dashiell Hammett.


"The Kings Are Passing Deathward", Poetry X

Poems: 1920-1945. A.A. Knopf. 1945.

Poems of a Lifetime. Watermark Press. 1999. ISBN 9781582350752.

Ships in the Harbor. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1921.

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My faith is all a doubtful thing,
   Wove on a doubtful loom, --
Until there comes, each showery spring,
   A cherry-tree in bloom;
And Christ who died upon a tree
   That death had stricken bare,
Comes beautifully back to me,
   In blossoms, everywhere.

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