ISAMBARD K. BRUNEL, ROBERT STEPHENSON,
September 15th October 12th
Together dead! while living, separate
To outward seeming; treading each a path
Self-chosen, onward, upward, to an end:
A common end, though crossing footsteps mark
The steep hill-side whose summit is their goal.
Men call this rivalry — word all too mean
Utter’d of those whom earth and sea combine
To own victorious — victors over them.
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Gone from us now, as sets the summer sun,
Leaving behind the fruits of glorious day.
Hush every jarring mem’ry of the past;
Accept the judgment of the double grave—
“These two for science travail’d, toil’d, and won—
Apart in labours, join’d in death and fame.”
G. R. Taylor, October 1859.
Brunel, born April 9, 1806