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Catalog Number M2005.1.1
Object Name Poem
Title Copy of McCrae Poem in Autopsy Book c. 1903
Date circa 1903
Year Range from 1902
Year Range to 1903
Description 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).
People McCrae, John
Search Terms McCrae - Poems
McCrae - Montreal General Hospital
Subjects WORLD WAR I
Dimensions Length: 18.5 cm