Frederic Lawrence Knowles
Biography of Frederic Lawrence Knowles
Born at Lawrence, Massachusetts, September 8, 1869, and graduated at Wesleyan University in 1894 and Harvard University in 1896. He was connected for a short time with the editorial department of Houghton Mifflin Company and with the staff of L. C. Page and Company as literary adviser. In 1900 he accepted a similar position with Dana Estes and Company where he remained until his death in September, 1905. Mr. Knowles was the author of two volumes of verse: "On Life's Stairway", 1900, and "Love Triumphant", 1904. In addition to his own work in poetry he was the editor of several excellent anthologies, such as "The Golden Treasury of American Lyrics", 1897; "A Treasury of Humorous Poetry", 1902; and "A Year-Book of Famous Lyrics". Mr. Knowles was a poet of fine gifts and his early death was a loss to American poetry.
Frederic Lawrence Knowles Poems
To Mother Nature
Nature, in thy largess, grant I may be thy confidant! Taste who will life's roadside cheer (Though my heart doth hold it dear -
Nature: The Artist
SUCH hints as untaught Nature yields! The calm disorder of the sea, The straggling splendor of the fields, The wind’s gay incivility.
A Song Of Desire
Thou dreamer with the million moods, Of restless heart like me, Lay thy white hands against my breast
ROUGH pasture where the blackberries grow!— It bears upon its churlish face No sign of beauty, art, or grace;
On A Fly-Leaf Of Burns' Songs
These are the best of him, Pathos and jest of him; Earth holds the rest of him.
Helen's lips are drifting dust; Ilion is consumed with rust; All the galleons of Greece Drink the ocean's dreamless peace;
Helen's lips are drifting dust;
Ilion is consumed with rust;
All the galleons of Greece
Drink the ocean's dreamless peace;
Lost was Solomon's purple show
Restless centuries ago;
Stately empires wax and wane --
Babylon, Barbary, and Spain; --
Only one thing, undefaced,