In Memory of Henry La Barre Jayne

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Fugitive verse by Florence Earle Coates
In Memory of Henry La Barre Jayne[1]
Below is as rendered in Henry La Barre Jayne, 1857-1920: In Memoriam (1920). Also published in The Volta Review, (1920).

IN MEMORY OF HENRY LA BARRE JAYNE

By Florence Earle Coates

He was of those who knew that love is giving;
   So, though he sleeps, his mortal service done,
In countless human hearts he still is living,
   Because of the great love he gave—and won!

Though day by day, with happy touch caressing,
   Earth's simple joys returned to him again,
And high poetic thoughts renewed their blessing,
   His care was always for his fellow-men.

He held them dear, whate'er their place or station—
   Dearer, perhaps, as greater was their need,
And gave, with the idealist's elation,
   His best to make their lives more worthy, indeed.

So, though he left us when his day was ended,
   And, like all lovely things, lay down to rest,
His dreams, forever with our visions blended,
   Live in our lives—a memory dear and blest!

Notes[edit]

  1. Philadelphia philanthropist and lawyer.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1927, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.