1] "The third of Ecclesiastes forms the best key to the mysteries of `The Saxon Epitaph' that I can think of. The first verse is a genuine Saxon fragment; I was fascinated by the austere, almost classical, melody, and continued it -- with some degeneration. The `earth' that builds on the earth is of course man." (letter written from Victoria College, Oct. 12, 1912; quoted by Lorne Pierce, Marjorie Pickthall: A Book of Remembrance [Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1925]: 67).
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Marjorie L. C. Pickthall, The Lamp of Poor Souls and Other Poems (Toronto: S. B. Gundy, 1916): 139-40. PS 8531 I35L3 Robarts Library.
First publication date: October 1912
Publication date note: University Magazine (Oct. 1912).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/10
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