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Catalog Number 2010.01.0006
Object Name Poem
Date 1899
Title The Singer of Songs
Scope & Content A poem written by Robert Burns Wilson for Mary Mason Scott in September 1899. The poem is two pages long. The first three stanzas are on the first page. The last stanza is on the second page along with Wilson's signature.

[Transcription]

The Singer of Songs

Dost thou know - O singer of songs? -
Be thy songs of the beauty of earth - of the leaf and the tree -
Of the winds and the mists and the clouded miraculous skies:
To the charm of the fields - to the glory and strength of the sea
Hast them given the life of thy soul and the light of thine eyes
And in all, knowing not how they care for thy song and for thee,

Nothing - Nothing at all?

Hast thou chanted, O singer of songs -
The man's pageant, fantastic and brief. - the pale gloom that belongs
To the tragic defeat of man's life, when the dream fades and dies;
For the decking of hope and to lighten the cross of his wrongs,
Hast thou given the life of thy soul and the light of thine eyes,
Knowing not they would care, these thy kindred, for thee and thy songs,

Nothing - Nothing at all?

Hath it happened. O singer of songs
Thou hast woven the hope of thy heart in the wreath of thy song to be meant-
For the brow of one fairer than dawn, or the cloud when it dies
In the kiss of the sun - or the rose - or the snow on the lea?
Would thou give her the life of thy soul and the light of thine eyes,
Knowing not; till at last; how she cared for thy songs and for thee

Nothing - Nothing at all?

The Singer of Songs 2

Be at peace, O singer of songs,
For the linden will blossom in June, and the rose be as fair.
Wish thy wreath of songs scattered and lost, but the shadow which flies,
Past the mountain and plains, to the sea, on the wings of the air
Will be friends with the life of thy soul and the light of thine eyes,
And the dual of my heart for thy heart's perished treasures will care,

Nothing - Nothing at all.

Robert Burns Wilson

For Miss Mary Scott
Sept. 99 -
People Robert Burns Wilson
Mary Mason Scott
Search Terms Poetry