Gerard Addington D Arcy Irvine

(1862 - 1932 / London / UK)

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Gerard, fifth son of Canon Thomas Gorges Henry Mervyn D'Arcy Irvine and his wife Harriet, was born in London, He was born into an Anglo-Irish family that had bred many clergymen. In 1870 his father became headmaster of Napier Grammar School in New Zealand, Gerard was educated here before moving to Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia in 1879, where he completed his schooling. Gerard became a bank ... more »

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Identity: A Sonnet

Identity: A Sonnet
That I am I, I surely know full well ;
I know my littleness and little place,
And how I feebly run my life's great race ;
Yet if an angel came with power to tell
Me how to be another I, and dwell
In his environment and ampler space,
Myself, annihilate; I'd set my face,
And be myself, though prisoned in a cell.
God made me, me, in changeless entity,
And could I be another, where were I ?
'Tis not that others are not nobler far ;
My light a spark, the while they sun-like shine
But living here or in some distant star,
Their ...

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