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Trumbull Stickney (1874-1904)

Tho' Lack of Laurels and of Wreaths Not One


              1Tho' lack of laurels and of wreaths not one
              2Prove you our lives abortive, shall we yet
              3Vaunt us our single aim, our hearts full set
              4To win the guerdon which is never won.
              5Witness, a purpose never is undone.
              6And tho' fate drain our seas of violet
              7To gather round our lives her wide-hung net,
              8Memories of hopes that are not shall atone.
              9Not wholly starless is the ill-starred life,
            10Not all is night in failure, and the shield
            11Sometimes well grasped, tho' shattered in the strife.
            12And here while all the lowering heaven is ringed
            13With our loud death-shouts echoed, on the field
            14Stands forth our Nikè, proud, tho' broken-winged.

Notes

14] Nikè: Greek goddess of victory.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: The Poems of Trumbull Stickney, ed. George Cabot Lodge, William Vaughn Moody, and John Ellerton Lodge (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1905): 90. PS 3537 T525 1905 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1902
Publication date note: Dramatic Verses (1902), p. 81
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Composition date: 1895
Form: sonnet
Rhyme: abbaabbacdcede


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