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Carving a Name by H. Alger, Jr.

Author: Alger, Horatio, 1832-1899.
Title: Carving a Name.
In: Crown jewels, or, Gems of literature, art and music : being choice selections from the writings and ...
Published: Rock Island, Ill. : L.E. West, c1888.
Format: 632 p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.), music ; 27 cm.
Other Name: Northrop, Henry Davenport, 1836-1909.
Horatio Alger Collection.
Other Title: Crown Jewels.
Notes: Poem.
Location: PN 6014 .C768 1888a (Special Collections)
Optically scanned and encoded by Mark A. Williams
Horatio Alger Digital Repository, Northern llinois University Libraries
DeKalb, IL
14-March-2000


I WROTE my name upon the sand,

     And trusted it would stand for aye;

But soon, alas ! the refluent sea

     Had washed my feeble lines away.

I carved my name upon the wood,

     And, after years, returned again;

I missed the shadow of the tree

     That stretched of old upon the plain.

To solid marble next my name

     I gave as a perpetual trust;

An earthquake rent it to its base,

     And now it lies o'erlaid with dust.

All these have failed. In wiser mood

     I turn and ask myself, "What then?

If I would have my name endure,

     I'll write it on the hearts of men,

' In characters of living light,

     From kindly words and actions wrought;

And these, beyond the reach of time,

     Shall live immortal as my thought."