These are my murmur-laden shells that keep A fresh voice tho' the years be very gray. The wave that washed their lips and tuned their lay Is gone, gone with the faded ocean sweep, The royal tide, gray ebb and sunken neap And purple midday,—gone! To this hot clay Must sing my shells, where yet the primal
Trumbull Stickney was born in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 20, 1874. He received a BA from Harvard University in 1895, where he served as editor of the Harvard Monthly, and a doctoral degree from the Sorbonne. He published his debut poetry collection, Dramatic Verses, in 1902. The next year, he took on a position teaching Greek at Harvard University. Stickney died of a brain tumor on October 11, 1904. The Poems of Trumbull Stickney (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.), edited by George Cabot Lodge, William Vaughn Moody, and John Ellerton Lodge, was published posthumously in 1905.