Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894

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Sub-Island: "Say Not of Me" (Underwoods, poem 1.38)

XXXVIII


SAY not of me that weakly I declined

The labours of my sires, and fled the sea,

The towers we founded and the lamps we lit,

To play at home with paper like a child.

But rather say: In the afternoon of time

A strenuous family dusted from its hands

The sand of granite, and beholding far

Along the sounding coast its pyramids

And tall memorials catch the dying sun,

Smiled well content, and to this childish task

Around the fire addressed its evening hours.


 

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