And that poetry stanza was in fact very much the bold personal credo of Kenneth Leslie , poet and anti-fascist activist (1892-1974).
Henry Dawson and Ken Leslie were both about the same age, both born of fathers from Pictou town, both attended Dalhousie , had an interest in sailing, and both moved to New York in the giddy 1920s and were in (different) anti-fascist circles there - they may even have met.
Stubbornness united them ....
But I think what really connected them both was their innate Pictou Scottish stubbornness together with a total commitment to duty, regardless of the personal cost.
They both did their best work during WWII, fighting the many anti-human activities prevalent in wartime America.
I doubt however whether Dawson shared any of Leslie's interest in losing his wives' money on share speculations or in chasing or at least marrying multiple women....
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