William E. Marshall

(1 April 1859 - 1923 / Nova Scotia)

William E. Marshall
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William E. Marshall was a Canadian poet and lawyer.


Marshall was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, the son of Adelaide Amelia Allison and James Noble Shannon Marshall. He went to the County Academy and then to Mount Allison College Academy. He entered his father's law office in 1876, and was admitted to the bar in 1881. In 1891 he became Reigistrar of Deeds in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. In 1883 Marshall married Margaret Jane Bingay Campbell. The couple had one son and one daughter. Marshall published his one book of poetry, A Book of Verse, locally in 1909. His poem "Brookfield," a threnody for his friend Robert R. Mcleod (who had died in 1909) was ... more »

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Now hath a wonder lit the saddened eyes
Long misted by a grievous winter clime;
And now the dull heart leaps with love's surprise,
And sings its joy. For 'tis the happy time;
And all the brooding earth is full of chime;
And all the hosts of sleepers under ground
Have burst out suddenly in glorious prime;
And all the airy spirits now have found
Their wonted shrines with life and love entwinèd 'round.

And now I no more sorrow for the dead,
The friend I love hath pain of death no more,
He hath mortality forever shed,
He is of happiness the spirit's ...

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