Laura Elizabeth McCully

(1886-1924 / Toronto)

Laura Elizabeth McCully
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Laura Elizabeth McCully (1886-1924) is a Canadian poet.

Life

McCully was born in Toronto, the daughter of Helen (Fitzgibbon) and Samuel Edward McCully. As a teenager she began publishing poetry, and winning prizes in the Young People's Corner of the Toronto Mail and Empire. She was educated at University College, Toronto, graduating in 1909 with first-class honors in English, French, German, and history. She spent the 1909-1910 academic year as a fellow of Yale College.

Her first collection of poetry, Mary Magdalene and other poems, was published in 1914. During World War I she worked in a munitions plant, and worked on a translation of Beowulf into modern ... more »

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The Troubadour's Lyre

Sing low, my precious lyre, low in each string,
Thou wast not framed for exaltation's burst,
Or chant sustained, straining thy golden chords,
Sing low, sing low, thou constant friend, my lyre!

For now we two may wander forth in peace,
Shattered our shackles are and stricken from us,
And we shall rise and steal out into the world,
Singing all day, on every way, my lyre.
Like Orpheus have we two sojourned through hell,
And with our eyes seen evil, nor availed
To wrest their treasure from the envious shades.
Therefore come forth, leave to the Gods their ...

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