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Poems of the Great War Published on the Behalf of the Prince of Wales's National Relief Fund   By:

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POEMS OF THE GREAT WAR

DUTY.

Give gladly, you rich 'tis no more than you owe For the weal of your Country, your wealth's overflow! Even I that am poor am performing my part; I am giving my brain, I am giving my heart.

WILLIAM WATSON

POEMS OF THE GREAT WAR

PUBLISHED ON BEHALF OF THE PRINCE OF WALES'S NATIONAL RELIEF FUND

FOURTH EDITION

LONDON CHATTO & WINDUS 1914

NOTE

This collection of War Poems, the net profits from which will be given to the Prince of Wales's Fund, represents the free offering of English poets to the cause of National Relief.

Most of the poems have appeared recently in the Press. Mr. Robert Bridges' opening contribution, Mr. Henry Newbolt's, Mr. Maurice Hewlett's, Mr. R. E. Vernède's, Mr. Binyon's, were all printed in the Times during the few days immediately following the declaration of war, as also was the sonnet by Mr. William Watson. Sir Owen Seaman's poem came out originally in Punch , "The Hour" in the Daily Telegraph , "The United Front" in the Daily Mail . "We Willed it Not" is reprinted from the Sphere , "Duty" and "Commandeered" from the Westminster Gazette , and the poems by Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Cecil Chesterton from the New Witness . The New Weekly published the verses by Mr. John Freeman, and the Daily Chronicle those by Mr. Harold Begbie. The two hymns which close the collection are reprinted, by special permission of their authors, from volumes previously published.

The publishers desire also to record their thanks to Mr. William Nicholson for the design which appears on the cover.

CONTENTS

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"Wake up, England" Robert Bridges 7

The Vigil Henry Newbolt 9

To the Troubler of the World William Watson 11

To England: To Strike Quickly Maurice Hewlett 12

The Fourth of August Laurence Binyon 13

The United Front Alfred Noyes 15

England to the Sea R. E. Vernède 18

The Hour J. B. Fagan 21

The Wife of Flanders G. K. Chesterton 23

The Stars in their Courses John Freeman 25

Commandeered L. G. Moberly 29

The Man who Keeps his Head Harold Begbie 30

France Cecil Chesterton 32

We Willed it Not John Drinkwater 33

Pro Patria Owen Seaman 35

Hymn before Action Rudyard Kipling 37

Hymn in War Time Robert Bridges 39

"WAKE UP, ENGLAND"

Thou careless, awake! Thou peacemaker, fight! Stand, England, for honour, And God guard the Right!

Thy mirth lay aside, Thy cavil and play: The foe is upon thee, And grave is the day.

The monarch Ambition Hath harnessed his slaves; But the folk of the Ocean Are free as the waves.

For Peace thou art armed Thy Freedom to hold: Thy Courage as iron, Thy Good faith as gold.

Through Fire, Air, and Water Thy trial must be: But they that love life best Die gladly for thee.

The Love of their mothers Is strong to command; The fame of their fathers Is might to their hand.

Much suffering shall cleanse thee; But thou through the flood Shalt win to Salvation, To Beauty through blood.

Up, careless, awake! Ye peacemakers, fight! ENGLAND STANDS FOR HONOUR: GOD DEFEND THE RIGHT!

ROBERT BRIDGES, Poet Laureate

THE VIGIL

England! where the sacred flame Burns before the inmost shrine, Where the lips that love thy name Consecrate their hopes and thine, Where the banners of thy dead Weave their shadows overhead, Watch beside thine arms to night, Pray that God defend the Right... Continue reading book >>




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