The Soldier

by Rick Brentlinger
(Pace, FL, USA)

Rupert Brooke, 1887-1915

Rupert Brooke, 1887-1915

Rupert Brooke, 1887-1915


If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.

There shall be in that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

This poem is in
the public domain.

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