Epitaph by Eden Phillpotts

When the dust of the workshop is still,
The dust of the workman at rest,
May some generous heart find a will
To seek and to treasure his best.

From the splendour of hopes that deceived;
From the wonders he planned to do;
From the glories so nearly achieved;
From dreams that so nearly came true;

From his struggle to rise above earth
On the pinions that could not fly;
From his sorrows; oh, seek for some worth
To remember the workman by.

If in vain; if Time sweeps all away,
And no laurel from that dust springs;
‘Tis enough that a loyal heart say,
“He tried to make beautiful things.”

From: Phillpotts, Eden, Wild Fruit, 1911, John Lane The Bodley Head: London, p. 66.

Date: 1911

By: Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960)

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