|Title||Copy of McCrae Poem in Autopsy Book c. 1903|
|Year Range from||1902|
|Year Range to||1903|
Copy of poem written by John McCrae in autopsy book, taken from a magazine. Semi-glossy paper, edges cut unevenly. Copy of autopsy book has thin black border around it. Paper in copy of book appears beige with texture. Printing on autopsy book: "AUTOPSY./ Series/ Performed by/Date/Name/Age/Occupation/Service of/Reference Number/Clinical Diagnosis" Smaller printing underneath:"SYSTEM AND ORGAN" "ANATOMICAL DIAGNOSIS". Handwritten inscription: "Here begynneth Booke of Deade,/wherin is [two words indiscernible] last state/ of four Hundred and seventeene persones,/ tht have departed this lyfe; wherein be/ tabled diverse strange and fearsome conditions/ [word unreadable] gave ledde to [?] same final [?]: God/ have them of his Grace." Second paragraph: "Our lyfe is but a Winter's Day./ Some only breakfast, and away./ Others to summer stay, and are full fedde./The oldest man but suppes, and goes to bedde./ Large is his dette, lingers out the day./ He that goes soonest , hath the least to pay!!"". Writing in black ink on bottom: "Inscribed on a blankpage of the Autopsy Book 1902-1903/ by John McCrae, M.D.,/when Pathologist to the Montreal General Hospital."
The poem is called "Divine Fancies" and was written by Frances Quarles (1592-1644).
McCrae - Poems
McCrae - Montreal General Hospital
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Length: 18.5 cm