To The Old School House on Lundy's Lane
When time with ruthless wings sweeps on,
The earth of all its bygone best is shriven;
And so, old edifice, thy day is done;
The newer day asks more than thou hast given.
In honest hearts a thought for thee enshrined,
Of sheltering walls in days almost forgot;
When knowledge forced on the unwilling mind
Saved many from ignominy's cheerless lot.
Man's mind is like a shallow streamlet flowing,
Forever winding onward to the sea
Of time's oblivion, and the growing
Like rare immortal fountain, starts with thee.
Prayers offered have ascended from thy walls
For benefits the which our fickle mind
Scarce can remember, yet those earnest calls
Brought sweet, refreshing mercy to mankind.
If in the rushing years that are to be
No steadfast stone of memory marks thy end,
When rich endeavor finds its tide in thee,
Thou has not been in vain, old hoary friend.
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Source: Niagara Falls Evening Review,
December 22, 1915.
Before the poem: "I see that the old school
has already been pulled down. It was, I believe, also used as a church, and
this, with other things, caused me to write these new lines, which, if you think
worthy, I shall be glad to see printed in your paper."