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John Davidson (1857 – 1909)


Scottish journalist, playwright, fiction-writer and translator, but is best remembered as a poet.
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John Davidson
And the difficultest job a man can do,
Is to come it brave and meek with thirty bob a week,
And feel that that's the proper thing for you.

It's a naked child against a hungry wolf;
It's playing bowls upon a splitting wreck;
It's walking on a string across a gulf
With millstones fore-and-aft about your neck;
But the thing is daily done by many and many a one.
And we fall, face forward, fighting, on the deck.
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One must become
Fanatic be a wedge a thunder-bolt
To smite a passage through the close-grained world.
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Mere by-blows are the world and we,
And time within eternity
A sheer anachronism.




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My feet are heavy now but on I go,
My head erect beneath the tragic years.
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Farewell the hope that mocked, farewell despair
That went before me still and made the pace.
The earth is full of graves, and mine was there
Before my life began; my resting-place.
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Business the world's work is the sale of lies:
Not goods, but trade-marks; and still more and more
In every branch becomes the sale of money.
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That minister of ministers,
Imagination, gathers up
The undiscovered Universe,
Like jewels in a jasper cup.
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Unwilling friend, let not your spite abate;
Help me with scorn, and strengthen me with hate.
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Seraphs and saints with one great voice
Welcomed that soul that knew not fear.
Amazed to find it could rejoice,
Hell raised a hoarse, half-human cheer.
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