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1914 and Other Poems   By: (1887-1915)

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1914 AND OTHER POEMS BY RUPERT BROOKE

LONDON

SIDGWICK & JACKSON LIMITED

3 ADAM STREET ADELPHI W.C. 1915

Copyright 1915 by Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. All rights reserved

PRINTED AT THE COMPLETE PRESS WEST NORWOOD LONDON

[Illustration: Rupert Brooke 1913]

By the same Author POEMS ( Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. ) First edition, 1911 Reprinted 1913 May 1915 (twice)

RUPERT BROOKE

Born at Rugby, August 3, 1887 Fellow of King's, 1913 Sub Lieutenant, R.N.V.R., September 1914 Antwerp Expedition, October 1914 Sailed with British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, February 28, 1915 Died in the Ægean, April 23, 1915

These poems have appeared in New Numbers , the old Poetry Review , Poetry and Drama , Rhythm , The Blue Review , The New Statesman , The Pall Mall Magazine , and Basileon . Acknowledgements are due to the Editors who have allowed them to be reprinted.

The Author had thought of publishing a volume of poems this spring, but he did not prepare the present book for publication.

May 1915 E. M.

CONTENTS

1914

PAGE

I. PEACE 11 II. SAFETY 12 III. THE DEAD 13 IV. THE DEAD 14 V. THE SOLDIER 15 THE TREASURE 16

THE SOUTH SEAS

TIARE TAHITI 19 RETROSPECT 22 THE GREAT LOVER 24 HEAVEN 27 DOUBTS 29 THERE'S WISDOM IN WOMEN 30 HE WONDERS WHETHER TO PRAISE OR TO BLAME HER 31 A MEMORY 32 ONE DAY 33 WAIKIKI 34 HAUNTINGS 35 SONNET ( Suggested by some of the Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research ) 36 CLOUDS 37 MUTABILITY 38

OTHER POEMS

THE BUSY HEART 41 LOVE 42 UNFORTUNATE 43 THE CHILTERNS 44 HOME 46 THE NIGHT JOURNEY 47 SONG 49 BEAUTY AND BEAUTY 50 THE WAY THAT LOVERS USE 51 MARY AND GABRIEL 52 THE FUNERAL OF YOUTH 55

GRANTCHESTER

THE OLD VICARAGE, GRANTCHESTER 59

1914

I. PEACE

Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour, And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping, With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power, To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping, Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary, Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move, And half men, and their dirty songs and dreary, And all the little emptiness of love!

Oh! we, who have known shame, we have found release there, Where there's no ill, no grief, but sleep has mending, Naught broken save this body, lost but breath; Nothing to shake the laughing heart's long peace there But only agony, and that has ending; And the worst friend and enemy is but Death.

II. SAFETY

Dear! of all happy in the hour, most blest He who has found our hid security, Assured in the dark tides of the world that rest, And heard our word, 'Who is so safe as we?' We have found safety with all things undying, The winds, and morning, tears of men and mirth, The deep night, and birds singing, and clouds flying, And sleep, and freedom, and the autumnal earth... Continue reading book >>




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