Duncan Campbell Scott
Duncan Campbell Scott Poems
- When Spring Goes By The winds that on the uplands softly ...
- The Forsaken I Once in the winter Out on a lake In the ...
- The Onondaga Madonna She stands full-throated and with ...
- The Half-Breed Girl She is free of the trap and the ...
- Ecstasy The shore-lark soars to his topmost flight, Sings at...
- Angel Come to me when grief is over, When the tired ...
- Rain And The Robin A ROBIN in the morning, In the morning ...
Duncan Campbell Scott was a Canadian poet and prose writer. With Charles G.D. Roberts, Bliss Carman and Archibald Lampman, he is classed as one of Canada's Confederation Poets.
Scott was also a Canadian lifetime civil servant who served as deputy superintendent of the Department of Indian Affairs from 1913 to 1932, and is "best known" today for "advocating the assimilation of Canada’s First Nations peoples" in that capacity.
Scott was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Rev. William Scott and Janet MacCallum. He was educated at Stanstead Wesleyan Academy.
Early in life, he became an accomplished pianist.
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When Spring Goes By
The winds that on the uplands softly lie,
Grow keener where the ice is lingering still
Where the first robin on the sheltered hill
Pipes blithely to the tune, "When Spring goes by!"
Hear him again, "Spring! Spring!" He seems to cry,
Haunting the fall of the flute-throated rill,
That keeps a gentle, constant, silver thrill,
While he is restless in his ecstasy.
Ah! the soft budding of the virginal woods,
Of the frail fruit trees by the vanishing lakes:
There's the new moon where the clear sunset floods,
A trace of dew upon the rose leaf sky;
And hark! what...