From the Fourth Century, B.C.

By Gertrude Atherton

George Sterling was a rare and exquisite poet whose work is an imperishable part of the distinguished literary history of California. He always impressed me as a being born out of time and place, a reincarnation perhaps from the Athens of the Fourth or Third Century B.C., and I used to wish somewhat fantastically that he could have drifted through this incongruous age as a disembodied spirit; never seen but somehow making himself heard. But if he was cursed with mortality and never succeeded in orienting himself, at least he performed his mission in giving exalted pleasure to the many who could appreciate his great gift, his art, and his devotion to his muse.