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Unidentified Poem

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This item is a poem titled "Brotherhood" that was written by an unknown authour.
Width: 8 in
Height: 9.5 in
Local identifier:
Jean Sumsion Collection
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.1032999907797 Longitude: -80.429084258728
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Recommended Citation:
Unidentified Poem. Burford Township Historical Society and Museum, Item No. 1995.018.015.
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Full Text




This I would have for my fortune - neither fortune nor

fleeting fame.

But the love of the friends who have known me, and

the wealth of a worthy name.

The fair esteem of my neighbors, some service I

tried to do,

A hand that gave as it gathered a heart that loved all

that it knew.


For what is this life we cherish if we make it a

strife fro gold?

Why live for a fame that shall perish as soon as

the blood grows cold?

Let the cynics scoff in their wisdom and the

haughty sneer at the meek,

The self-same death shall take them both to the

self-same God they seek.


Brothers are they in the graveyard, and the boast-

ful stones of the great

Which the living have raised to their glory but

an earthly difference state.

There the poor are rich so the richest, the

oldestand youngest dead

Lie alike in the silent acres when the last

of the tears are shed.


Let me live my life for the living, let me see

in each one I meet

The common end of the journey, let me

put pride under my feet.


Let me write my struggle in kindness, let

me honor a good man's worth,

If in death we shall fare as brothers, let me

brother with him on earth.

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Unidentified Poem

This item is a poem titled "Brotherhood" that was written by an unknown authour.