…And it took him to itself at last

Inscription on Tom Thomson Memorial Cairn, Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park

TO THE MEMORY OF TOM THOMSON
ARTIST, WOODSMAN AND GUIDE
WHO WAS DROWNED IN CANOE LAKE JULY 8TH, 1917
HE LIVED HUMBLY BUT PASSIONATELY WITH THE WILD
IT MADE HIM BROTHER TO ALL UNTAMED THINGS OF NATURE
IT DREW HIM APART AND REVEALED ITSELF WONDERFULLY TO HIM
IT SENT HIM OUT FROM THE WOODS ONLY TO SHOW THESE REVELATIONS THROUGH HIS ART
AND IT TOOK HIM TO ITSELF AT LAST

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