A Question

Frederick George Scott 1861 (Montreal, Quebec) – 1944 (Quebec City, Quebec)

O YE Wise of the Earth, are ye wise?
  "We can tell from a bone," ye say,
"An animal's shape and size,
  And the size and shape of its prey."—
"For such and such joint," say ye,
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"For such and such use must be."
When I show that since time began
  The soul hath longed for the skies,
Ye say, "Death is the end of Man."—
  O ye Wise of the Earth, are ye wise?

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Frederick George Scott

Frederick George Scott was a Canadian poet and author, known as the Poet of the Laurentians. He is sometimes associated with Canada's Confederation Poets, a group that included Charles G. D. Roberts, Bliss Carman, Archibald Lampman, and Duncan Campbell Scott. Scott published 13 books of Christian and patriotic poetry. Scott was a British imperialist who wrote many hymns to the British Empire—eulogizing his country's roles in the Boer Wars and World War I. Many of his poems use the natural world symbolically to convey deeper spiritual meaning. Frederick George Scott was the father of poet F. R. Scott. more…

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