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Poetry.

ART AND LIFE. f The Westminster Gazette” offered a prize to the reader who should select “the best English poem of the century.” The prize was awarded to Miss Ethel Talbot, who selected "Art and Life,” by H,D. Lowry, who died last October. The followdng is the poem in question :

When the earth darkens and the voices call — Old friends’, old loves’—what thing that you have done Will you remember gladly ? Will it be The knowledge hardly won, and at the end The masterpiece men bow to ? O, to paint Some picture that shall live throughout the years. And over be a shining mystery To them that follow' ! O, from common stone To carve some miracle of loveliness That shall not perish ! O, to write a book With all the best that you have seen and heard And suffered, set forth there upon the page. So that, through all the ages, one at least Shall read and make you immortal ! So you pray, Till Art seems life, and when the voices call And the earth darkens, and the stars arc veiled, You will forget the prayer, forget the deed. You will remember how you gave a flower Once to a child that wept, and how the face Of the tired mother blessed you as the child Laughed and was quieted. On a time, a word, And a hand’s touch that lingered, gave to one. Tempted and tried, the courage that was lost. Once, long ago, there was a little maid, And though the years have hid her you will know Her perfect faith the best of all your gain. Thus, when earth darkens and the voices call. Art will grow less, and small forgotten things Will steal, like stars, into the evening sky. Into your heart, and you will hear the call. And, at the last, make answer well content.

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Poetry., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 18, 17 August 1907

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Poetry. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 18, 17 August 1907

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