HE whose incorrigible Hope redeems
Banal to-days with beautiful to-morrows,
Who sows the fallow dust with futile dreams,
Will harvest only sorrows;
And he who spends the sunny days of youth
Bent double over Reason's rusty shares
Will harvest only stacks of stubbly truth
And sheaves of golden tares;
But he who lives life plenary and whole--
Labour and laughter, loveliness and song--
With dreams and visions in his inner soul
Speeding the plough along.
He who incarnates love in lovely deeds,
Whose dreams in charity their wings employ,
Will fill Time's furrows with immortal seeds
And reap eternal joy.
Ronald Campbell Macfie, ed. War: an Ode And Other Poems. New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1920.