To Elie and Elisée Reclus


From: Ishill, Joseph. (1927). Élisée and Élie Reclus: In Memoriam. Compiled, ed. and printed by Joseph Ishill. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Oriole Press.

EACH brother felt his cosmic brotherhood

linking them both to all humanity,

ideal and instinct harmonized and stood

symbol for universal unity

evolved from instinct to ideal good;

earthly, for theirs no emasculate deity.

Elie and Elisée who can divide,

life-work like yours, to rate what each one gives?

if Elisée's wise glance probed deep and wide,

elie evoked cosmic diminutives.

Rather did each in his own fertile field

enspirit others than remain recluse

cowering under some convenient shield;

lovingly lilt their tones; the martial muse,

unbuckled of her armoured hate, must yield

sooner, because they lived her world to cleansing dews!

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