Marian Osborne

(14 May 1871 - 5 September 1931 / Quebec)

Marian Osborne
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Marian Osborne was a Canadian poet and dramatist.


Osborne was born Marian Francis in Montreal, Quebec, and educated at the Collegiate Institute in London, Ontario, and Trinity College in Toronto, Ontario. She married Charles Bath at seventeen, and lived in Wales until his death five years later, bearing him two sons and a daughter. In 1902 she married Charles Osborne, a lawyer and member of the Toronto Stock Exchange. She was an accomplished athlete, winning championships in swimming and fencing.


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Love's Anguish

Shall I with lethal draughts drowse every thought
And let the days pass by with silent tread,–
Dream that the vanished hour I long have sought
Is once more mine, and you no longer dead?
How shall I grasp the skirts of happy chance
And calm my spirit in adventurous ways,
Like bold Don Quixote hold aloft my lance
Against the world without thy meed of praise?
How can I live through long discordant days,
How cheat despair, or speed Time's lagging feet,
Since I have lost the fragrance of love's ways
That turned life's winter into springtime sweet?
Come to me, ...

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