As the Story is Told: Archibald Lampman

Taken from As the Story is Told.

Archibald Lampman


House where Archibald Lampman was born in Morpeth, Ontario

House in Morpeth in which Lampman was born.

Archibald Lampman

The poet Archibald Lampman was born in St. John’s rectory Morpeth in 1861. His father, the Reverend Archibald Lampman was sent to this parish when the diocese of Huron was young. Though only six years of age when his father left the parish, it is certain this land made a lasting impression on his mind. During the short span of his life, he made a permanent place among the distinguished nature poets of this country.

On a grassy plateau in the churchyard of Trinity Church, a cairn of grey field stones was erected in 1930, to commemorate the birth of Archibald Lampman, Canadian poet and woodsman.

The dedication ceremonies, for which several hundred people gathered, were impressive in their simplicity. To pay tribute to the rich art of the Canadian poet came other writers and poets, the clergy and representatives of the professions, professors and students, teachers and journalists from different parts of Canada. The time of dedication fell on a golden September day, such as Lampman himself, essentially the poet of nature, loved to picture.

Many notable people paid great tribute to Lampman that day. Among them was Duncan Campbell Scott, Lampman’s best friend, editor and biographer. Arthur Stringer, himself an outstanding Canadian writer and a native of Kent County was also a speaker..

The cairn was unveiled by Sherwood Fox, then President of the University of Western Ontario and President of the Canadian Author’s Association. He stated that a copper receptacle, holding a list of the contributors, a volume of Lampman’s poems and a signed manuscript of his “Song of the Sparrow” was sealed in the cairn as a tangible memento of the occasion.

The invocation was spoken by Ven. Archdeacon Sage and the dedicatory prayer by his grace the Archbishop of Huron, who with the rector of Trinity Church, Rev. R. M. Weekes, were vested for the ceremony. “O Canada” was sung, with the church choir leading, and before a National Anthem a young bugler, standing by the cairn, sounded the “Last Post” over the quiet churchyard and pleasant countryside.

Cairn in TrinityThe cairn, in addition to the inscription, “In Morpeth was Born the Poet Archibald Lampman,” etc., is carved with four lines from Lampman’s own poem, “Outlook.”

“Yet patience; there shall come
Many great voices from life’s outer sea,
Hours of strange triumph, and, when men heed,
Murmurs and glimpses of Eternity.”

[Ridgetown Dominion – September 1930]

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