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Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery, famed for her beloved Anne of Green Gables stories, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, on 30 Nov. 1874. Her mother, Clara Woolner MacNeil died when Maud was 21 months old. Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908. She published over 25 titles as well as her poetic works, which are now out of print and not easily located. Maud lived on rural Prince Edward Island on Canada's Atlantic coast. Her stories are reflective of the quiet lives of PEI's farmer and fisherfolk neighbors in their lush, agrarian environs. She died in Toronto April 24, 1942 and is buried at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

The Old Man's Grave

MAKE it where the winds may sweep
Through the pine boughs soft and deep,
And the murmur of the sea
Come across the orient lea,
And the falling raindrops sing
Gently to his slumbering.

Make it where the meadows wide
Greenly lie on every side,
Harvest fields he reaped and trod,
Westering slopes of clover sod,
Orchard lands where bloom and blow
Trees he planted long ago.

Make it where the starshine dim
May be always close to him,
And the sunrise glory spread
Lavishly around his bed,
And the dewy grasses creep
Tenderly above his sleep.

Since these things to him were dear
Through full many a well-spent year,
It is surely meet their grace
Should be on his resting-place,
And the murmur of the sea
Be his dirge eternally.