They lived enamoured of the lovely moon, The dawn and twilight on their gentle lake. Then Passion marvellously born did shake Their breast and drave them into the mid-noon. Their lives did shrink to one desire, and soon They rose fire-eyed to follow in the wake Of one eternal thought,—when sudden brake
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.